Approval of US drone strikes

Jun 11, 2014

Q. The United States has a policy of targeting terrorists with remote controlled drone strikes in countries such as Afghanistan and Yemen. These attacks also sometimes kill and injure nearby civilians. Do you approve or disapprove of this policy?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total approve

35%

30%

48%

19%

33%

Total disapprove

45%

50%

33%

63%

51%

Strongly approve

11%

7%

16%

4%

15%

Approve

24%

23%

32%

15%

18%

Disapprove

28%

32%

25%

24%

26%

Strongly disapprove

17%

18%

8%

39%

25%

Don’t know

21%

19%

19%

18%

16%

35% approve of the US policy of targeting terrorists with remote controlled drone strikes and 45% disapprove.

A majority of Labor voters (50%), Greens voters (63%) and other voters (51%) disapprove while Liberal/National voters were more likely to approve (48% approve/33% disapprove).

Men were more likely to approve (47% approve/39% disapprove) while women were more likely to disapprove (23% approve/51% disapprove).

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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