54%: U.S. should have recovered or destroyed drone
Most Americans say the U.S. government should have recovered or destroyed the U.S. spy drone aircraft now in the hands of Iranian authorities.
The U.S. asked Iran to return the stealth drone to the U.S. – a request Iran rejected.
Iran announced it downed and captured the drone last week, although U.S. officials suggest the drone suffered a mechanical failure.
Fifty-four percent of Americans say the U.S. should have acted to recover or destroy the drone – a view shared by former vice president Dick Cheney. Twenty-two percent disagreed and 25% expressed no opinion on the question.
Republicans favored drone recovery or destruction by a 78%-9% margin. Independents agreed 49%-25%. Democrats were divided, with 32% favoring recovery or destruction, 31% opposing that, and 37% expressing no opinion.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,098 registered voters nationwide was conducted December 13, 2011 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.
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