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Americans Love Their Drones

In this hyper-partisan age there’s at least one thing Americans seem to agree is good: killing terrorists without risking American lives. That’s the consensus from public opinion polls on the President’s use of drone strikes:

A February 2012 Washington Post-ABC poll showed that eight in ten Americans (83 percent) approved of the Obama Administrations use of unmanned drones against suspected terrorists overseas—with a whopping 59 percent strongly approving of the practice. Support for the drone attacks was also remarkably bipartisan. Seventy six percent of Republicans and 58 percent of Democrats approved of the policy. […]

It’s not just Post-ABC polling that suggests the use of drones is widely popular with the American public. A September 2011 Pew poll showed that 69 percent of people said that the increased use of drones was a good thing while just 19 percent said it was a bad thing.

Killing bad guys overseas without putting our military in harm’s way may be controversial among the pundit class, but outside the Beltway and some college campuses, drones get more support than President Obama and Congress combined—right up there with motherhood and Christmas.

Death rays would be equally popular: no muss, no fuss, and the bad guys are gone. Andrew Jackson would have certainly approved.

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