Essential Report

Concern about drone strikes

Jun 11, 2014

Q. Recently, two male Australian citizens were killed in a drone strike in Yemen that targeted alleged terrorists. The government has said it doesn’t have a view about how they were killed. How concerned are you about the potential for Australians to be killed or injured in drone strikes?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total concerned

58%

67%

51%

60%

59%

Very concerned

22%

29%

15%

33%

18%

Somewhat concerned

36%

38%

36%

27%

41%

Not very concerned

21%

20%

24%

18%

18%

Not at all concerned

12%

5%

17%

19%

19%

Don’t know

9%

8%

8%

2%

4%

58% said they were very or somewhat concerned about the potential for Australians to be killed or injured in drone strikes while 33% said they were not very or not at all concerned.

A majority of all voter groups said they were concerned.

55% of men and 63% of women were very/somewhat concerned. There were no substantial differences by age.

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