Nearly 60% of Americans back drone strikes overseas

Pakistani protesters from the United Citizen Action group shout slogans against US drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal region in Multan on October 31, 2014Nearly 60 percent of Americans approve of drone strikes that target extremists in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen despite concerns that they endanger innocent civilians, a new poll found Thursday. The Pew Research Center said its national survey showed that 58 percent approve of US drone strikes against extremists in those countries and that 35 percent disapprove. Support for drone strikes crosses party lines, although Republicans, at 74 percent, are more likely than Democrats, at 52 percent, to favor the use of drones to target extremists, the poll found.

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