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 In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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