Poll: Americans Still Approve of Drone Strike ProgramSubmitted by DeMolay on Tue, 02/12/2013 - 04:54
Approval rate has grown over past poll taken last year
Despite renewed controversy over the United States' secret drone strike program in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, a new poll shows that a majority of Americans on both sides of the aisle support the program.
More people currently approve of the program than in July of last year, according to the PEW Research Center poll conducted over the weekend. Last year, 55 percent of American approved of U.S. drone attacks; now, 56 percent approve. Just 26 percent of Americans disapprove of drone attacks according to the latest poll, compared to 34 percent last year.
The poll found a gender gap in support of the strikes: 68 percent of men approve of drone strikes; just 44 percent of women do.
People on both sides of the political spectrum approve of the strikes, though Republicans are more supportive (68 percent of Republicans approve, compared to 58 percent of Democrats).