Fox Poll: Most Americans Support Use of Drones

Monday, 04 Mar 2013 11:00 PM

By Matthew Auerbach

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A majority of American voters are in favor of the United States using unmanned drones to kill suspected terrorists on foreign soil, even if those suspected are citizens of the U.S., according to the latest poll by Fox News.

What Americans don't like is the president having the sole power to make that decision.

Seventy-four percent of voters polled approve of using drones to kill a suspected terrorist overseas.

That number breaks down as follows: Republicans (80 percent), Democrats (69 percent and independents (71 percent), as well as both men (78 percent) and women (71 percent) all give the move a thumb’s up.

However, the level of approval sinks from 74 percent to 60 percent if the suspected terrorist is a U.S. citizen.

A 56 percent majority of voters approves of such drone strikes on a suspected foreign national even if that strike were to occur on U.S. soil.

The idea of a drone attack in this country against a suspected terrorist who is a U.S. citizen did not meet with favorable results.

In those cases, voters say no by a 50-45 percent margin.

While 32 percent of voters think the president should be able to authorize the use of drones domestically against an American terrorist, 63 percent disagree and want checks on the president.

There is bipartisan agreement on this issue, with most Republicans (70 percent) and independents (70 percent) and a majority of Democrats (54 percent) opposing the idea of the president having the sole power to make the call under these conditions.

The Fox News poll is based 1,010 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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