Poll: 6 in 10 Americans Approve of the Use of Drone Strikes

A poll by the Associated Press found that six in 10 Americans support the use of drones to kill terrorists. Nearly 75 percent support using unmanned drones to kill an American citizen who has traveled to another country to join a terror organization. The poll found that 13 percent of Americans don’t approve of the use of drones and 24 percent are neutral on the issue. However, 43 percent said they don’t approve of using drones in cases where innocent American citizens could be killed. AP conducted the poll just a few days after President Obama apologized for a January drone strike by the CIA that accidentally killed one American and one Italian who were being held hostage by al-Qaida. The strike also killed two American citizens who had joined al-Qaida, but the hostage deaths brought criticism about the guidelines for drone strikes. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that since 2004, the U.S. has carried out about 415 drone strikes in Pakistan, killing a total of anywhere from over 2,400 to 3,900—and somewhere between 423 and 962 civilians …

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