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Majority of Americans support drone strikes on terror suspects abroad, reveals poll

Washington, Mar. 5 (ANI): American voters approve of the United States using unmanned drones to kill suspected terrorists abroad- even if the targets are U.S. citizens, according to a recent poll.

The Fox News poll revealed that overall, 74 percent of voters approve of using drones to kill a suspected terrorist overseas. That includes majorities of Republicans (80 percent), independents (71 percent) and Democrats (69 percent), as well as both men (78 percent) and women (71 percent).

The level of approval drops from 74 percent to 60 percent, however, if the suspected terrorist is a U.S. citizen.

Even when it comes to drone use on U.S. soil, a 56-percent majority of voters approves of such strikes on a suspected foreign terrorist.

Voters, however, disapprove of drone attacks when they are aimed at a U.S. citizen suspected of being a terrorist on U.S. soil. In those circumstances, by a 50-45 percent margin, voters say no.

Issues about the use of drone attacks emerged from recent Senate confirmation hearings for John Brennan, who has been nominated to head the CIA.

Brennan is known as the chief architect of the CIA’s drone program.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is threatening to delay Brennan’s confirmation until he gets more information about the government’s use of drones, including whether the president “has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil”.

The poll finds that 32 percent of voters think that the president should be able to authorize the use of deadly force domestically against an American terrorist. Still, 63 percent disagree and want checks on the president.

The poll is based on landline and cell phone interviews with 1,010 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted from February 25 to February 27. (ANI)