A global opinion poll found widespread (though not quite universal) opposition to U.S. drone strikes.
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The Pew Research Center recently released its latest Pew Global Attitudes Project public opinion survey, conducted in 21 countries in March and April of this year through phone or in-person interviews. The results lead with the headline (which shouldn't come as a shock to anyone following U.S. targeted killing policies) "Drone Strikes Widely Opposed."
Of the twenty-one countries that were polled, only Pakistanis' opinions were not released in this poll--according to a footnote, "A different question about drone strikes was asked in Pakistan and will be released in a subsequent report." Participants in the other twenty countries were asked the following question:
"Do you approve or disapprove of the United States conducting missile strikes from pilotless aircraft called drones to target extremists in countries such as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia?"
The only country in which a majority of respondents (62 percent) approved of U.S. drone strikes was the United States. Interestingly, this marks a significant decline from a February Washington Post poll that found 83 percent of Americans supported the use of drones "against terrorist suspects overseas."