A new survey by the Institute for Homeland Security Solutions (IHSS) shows that a whopping 67 percent of Americans want unmanned drones flying in the U.S. for “homeland security missions” and 63 percent support unmanned drones in the U.S. for “fighting crime."
Law enforcement officers were also polled and the results found 72 percent supported the use of unmanned drones for surveillance purposes, but fewer officers, 66 percent, wanted drones for “emergency response."
The poll was reported by RTI International, which contracts out services to U.S. government agencies. IHSS is a research consortium led by RTI International.
Even with a possible conflict of interest, these poll numbers do line up with a recent poll by the Monmouth University Polling Institute of New Jersey, which also found Americans in support of unmanned drones in the U.S., reported NBC News.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), per a bill signed into law Feb. 14 by President Obama, is expediting the expansion of domestic drone use. The FAA predicts there will be up to 30,000 drones patrolling U.S. skies within a decade.
According to Cnet.com, the Department of Homeland Security is customizing Predator drones originally designated for the U.S. military “to carry out at-home surveillance tasks that have civil libertarians worried.”