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Rand Paul is right: Majority of Americans agree drone strikes against citizens is a bad idea, poll

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Sen. Rand Paul isn’t the only one opposed to drone strikes on U.S. soil.

A new Gallup poll out Monday shows that only 25 percent of Americans support such actions in the homeland. The figure drops to just 13 percent when a U.S. citizen suspected of being a terrorist is the target, the poll shows.

An overwhelming 79 percent say they oppose that idea, with 7 percent having no opinion, according to the Gallup survey.

The figures come three weeks after Mr. Paul, a Kentucky Republican and rising star in the party, launched a 13-hour filibuster over the Obama administration’s drone program. **He held up the nomination of CIA Director John Brennan until he was assured the White House wouldn’t use drones to kill American citizens on U.S. soil.

Americans generally are supportive of using the drone program to target terrorists abroad, provided those individuals aren’t American citizens.

Nearly two-thirds support the government’s use of drones against suspected terrorists in other countries, the poll says. But just 41 percent support drone strikes against U.S. citizens living abroad, even if they’re suspected terrorists, the poll found.

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Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang covers the White House for The Washington Times.

Before joining the Times in March 2011, Ben spent four years as a political reporter at the Republican-Herald in Pottsville, Pa.

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