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Public Believes Prison Guards Were Not Following Orders, But Pentagon Tried To Cover Up Abuse

The American public does not believe the soldiers who mistreated Iraqi prisoners were following orders, but a narrow majority thinks the Pentagon tried to cover up the abuse, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey shows.

Polling of 1,030 adults from Thursday through Sunday also showed that a large majority of the public does not feel that Donald H. Rumsfeld, the secretary of defense, should resign because of the issue.