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.Tags: 5th amendment, Barack Obama, drones