August 12, 2010

Little Knowledge of Drone Strikes in Pakistan

35%

Just a little more than a third of Pakistanis have heard about drone attacks targeting leaders of extremist organizations in their country.

Just a little more than a third of Pakistanis (35%) have heard about drone attacks targeting leaders of extremist organizations in their country. Among those who are knowledgeable about the drones, however, opinion is nearly universally negative. Fully 93% of those who have heard about the strikes say they are a bad thing. A third (32%) with knowledge of the drones say they are necessary to defend Pakistan from extremist groups, but a 56%-majority say they are not. About half (49%) of Pakistanis who have heard about the strikes think they are being conducted without their government’s approval, while 33% disagree with this opinion. Read More