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