Poll: Americans OK with some domestic drones -- but not to catch speeders
By Jim Gold, msnbc.com
Americans overwhelmingly support the use of drones for patrolling U.S. borders, tracking down criminals and aiding search-and-rescue missions, but they don’t want the unmanned craft used to issue speeding tickets, according to a poll.
The Monmouth University poll of 1,708 people called June 4-6 has a margin of error of 2.4 percent, the Institute said. Its chief findings:
- More than half of Americans, 56 percent, had read “some” or a “great deal” about the U.S. military use of drones. The rest, about 44 percent, read “just a little or none at all.”
- About two out of three Americans, or 67 percent, oppose the use of drones to issue speeding tickets. About 23 percent support it.
- 64 percent support the use of drones to control illegal immigration on the nation’s borders.
- 80 percent support the use of drones to help with search and rescue missions.
- 67 percent support the use of drones to track down runaway criminals.
- 64 percent are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about their privacy if U.S. law enforcement uses drones with high-tech cameras.