US drone strikes opposed by women more than men: PEW

Published: June 13, 2012
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18 countries out of 21 polled oppose the strikes.

18 countries out of 21 polled oppose the strikes.

It is little secret that the controversial drone strike programme operated by the US has been strongly opposed by many countries. The latest PEW poll from 21 countries reinforced international opposition to the programme with 18 countries, including key allies, disapproving. Interestingly, a gender breakdown of the poll results showed women expressed greater disapproval of drone strikes than men globally.

The report did not ask the question in countries which suffer from the drone strikes, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. The report said a different question was asked in Pakistan, the result for which will be released in a subsequent report.

The countries where the strikes found most favour was in the US (62 per cent), UK (44 per cent – but with 47 per cent disapproval).

In what would be considered a blow, major allies of the US in the war against terror were opposed to the strikes programme, including France (63 per cent), Germany (59 per cent ), Italy (55 per cent) .

The most opposition was found in Greece (90 per cent), Egypt (89 per cent), Jordan (85 per cent), and Turkey (81 per cent).

Women oppose strikes more than men

A gender breakdown of the poll results showed an interesting aspect to the opposition, with more women disapproving of the controversial programme.

In the 10 countries for which the breakdown was provided, more women disapproved of the strikes than men, with Brazil (12 to 26 per cent), Germany (24 to 54 percent), Japan (11 to 32 percent), and the United States (51 to 74 per cent).

Legal battle continues

With the US claiming ardent success of its drone programme, the latest feather being the scalp of al Qaeda’s deputy commander Abu Yahya al Libi. But with mounting debate of its legality, the White House maintains the strikes are per US laws.

Though the question of its legality has arisen with rights groups seeking to file a law suit against the US government on behalf of the survivors and relatives of strike victims.

Recently, the question of the programme’s legality was raised from within the US Congress, with members writing a letter to President Barack Obama to explain under which tenets of the Constitution were the strikes being operated and what was the criteria being employed to select targets, thereby efforts to minimise civilian casualties.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • bangash
    Jun 13, 2012 - 7:59PM

    Why are non-stakeholders being asked this question ? Someone has a lot of money to waste on useless surveys.

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  • elelmentary
    Jun 13, 2012 - 8:40PM

    Majority of civilized,humanistic world is against these illegal ,unethical misadventures,however some of our own pseudointellectuals don’t see anything wrong with them.

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  • abc
    Jun 13, 2012 - 10:32PM

    Who does a survey over a crime to find out its popularity among the affected people. This is a strange survey and it should not have happened. Making fun of something which directly address our national security must be condemned and stopped forthwith.

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  • Dr. Syed R. Ali
    Jun 14, 2012 - 1:29AM

    Drone strike murders are illegal and immoral but what do you expect from U.S. which slaughtered 5 Million people in Vietnam with chemical weapons and never even apologized for it.

    Supporter of Drone Strikes have blood of innocent children and women on their hands.

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  • Shahbaz Asif Tahir
    Jun 14, 2012 - 3:50AM

    No money is wasted on logical surveys. Only the baighairats in Pakistan,
    with their secular minded bigoted personality, support these drone strikes. Shame on them,
    from every sane Muslim, who fears Allah Subhana.

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  • Jun 14, 2012 - 8:27PM

    United nations,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,silent spectator.
    International court of justice,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,have no jurisdiction.or authority to summon those responsible for killing of innocent peoples.
    Where is justice available in the world.

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  • Jun 14, 2012 - 9:06PM

    Ground supply routs are still closed,
    American undertaken a other way,
    what the world on say,
    there are division of opinion in the way.

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  • Jun 14, 2012 - 9:20PM

    Drone strikes
    as has been cleared by Pakistan not acceptable
    in any way.

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