Gallup poll: Majority opposes drone strikes against U.S. citizens

A majority of Americans oppose launching armed drone attacks against suspected terrorists who are U.S. citizens. 

The new poll from Gallup found majorities oppose the strikes regardless of whether they are used against U.S. citizens within the United States or abroad.

Gallup found a majority supports using drones against foreign nationals suspected of terrorism. 

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Sixty-five percent believe the United States should launch drone strikes against terror suspects abroad, with 28 percent opposing such moves. But that support drops to 41 percent if the suspect is a U.S. citizen, with 52 percent opposing such a strike.

The poll comes weeks after a Senate filibuster by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that criticized the administration's policies on drone attacks. Paul has pressed the administration for more information on its policies regarding drone attacks against U.S. citizens. 

Gallup found a strong majority opposes launching drone strikes domestically by 66 to 25 percent. Even more oppose such strikes against U.S. citizens on home soil, by a 79 to 13 split.

The poll’s findings come as lawmakers are seeking more information on the administration’s drone program.

The Justice Department memo released last month outlined the White House criteria for ordering strikes against terror suspects, but lawmakers are weighing greater oversight of the program.

CIA Director John Brennan was grilled on the administration’s policies during his confirmation hearings, and Paul's filibuster delayed his confirmation.

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Reports last week said the White House was considering consolidating the separate drone strike programs managed by the CIA and Pentagon under the Defense Department.

But that move has also invited controversy, with Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein questioning if the military would employ the same safeguards as the intelligence community in ordering drone strikes.