Sept 28, 2012
Close to half of Americans say they are in favour of police departments deploying surveillance drones domestically.
According to a survey conducted
by The Associated Press and The National Constitution Center, 44
percent support the idea of police using unmanned aerial vehicles to track suspects and carry out investigations.
Only 36 percent said that they “strongly oppose” or “somewhat oppose” police use of drones, according to the survey.
The poll also found that only one third of Americans say they are
significantly concerned about their privacy being eroded by the adoption
of drones by police forces throughout the country.
Thrity-five percent of respondents said they were “extremely
concerned” or “very concerned” when asked if they believed that police
departments’ use of drones for surveillance would impact their privacy.
Almost exactly the same number, 36 percent, noted that they were “not
too concerned” or “not concerned at all”, while twenty-four percent
were neutral on the issue, saying they were only “somewhat concerned”
about a potential loss of privacy.