One In Five Americans Think The President Ordering Drone Assassinations Is OK


This headline from Rasmussen Reports is the sort of thing that can make a person lose faith in democracy:


According to the poll, Americans are mostly split on whether or not they support drone assassinations for US citizens who are suspected of terrorism:

Just 36% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the American government’s use of unmanned drones to kill U.S. citizens in other countries who pose a terrorist threat. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 40% oppose government use of drones for this purpose. Twenty-three percent (23%) are not sure.

Even with a plurality opposed to the drone killings, and a majority against the President having sole authority over such operations, this is still a disturbing number of Americans who apparently consider the constitution’s protections of due process to be inconsequential.

Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and the host of the Rob (Re)Port on Fargo-based WDAY AM970 from 1-2pm weekdays.

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