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Poll: Americans Don’t Mind Drones, As Long As There’s ‘Good Reason’

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(A "Predator" drone aircraft, in file photo.)

(A “Predator” drone aircraft, in file photo.)

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By David Madden

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new national poll looks at how Americans view the idea of using drone planes for domestic security and police protection.

Monmouth University put the question to over a thousand adults from coast to coast about three weeks ago.

Overall, people don’t seem to mind the use of drones, as long as there’s a good reason for it.

“Eighty-three-percent say yeah, it’s ok to use drones for that. Sixty-two-percent say it’s okay to use drones to patrol the nation’s borders. But routine policing, like issuing speeding tickets, only 21% support that,” says poll director Patrick Murray.

There are also concerns about arming those drones, and three out of four people believe authorities should get a warrant before putting a drone in the air. The survey also find two thirds of Americans have privacy concerns, and less than half believe drones will be used properly.

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