New poll reveals Americans' optimism and trepidation of drones

The Hawthorne Group has announced a new poll reveals Americans´ have high hopes as well as high fears for drones, the company said.

Hawthorne commissioned the poll from TargetPoint who completed 801 telephone interviews.

The TargetPoint poll´s specific finding were as follows:

Americans expect drones to be more prevalent and currently trust the industry
• 70% expect home delivery in 5-10 years.
• 68% believe that commercial use over communities will be safe.
However, support for drones is soft.
• 58% think drones are a good idea; 42% do not
• 51% support neighborhood deliveries; 49% think they are too dangerous.
A strong majority is concerned about safety and drones.
• 68% are concerned; only 7% are not concerned at all.
An overwhelming majority expect something will go wrong and support regulation.
• 82% believe commercial drones used for small scale and cargo deliveries will cause a serious accident sooner or later.
• 71% have privacy concerns.
• 93% want some form of regulation.

The 1Q poll found that Chinese made drones raise additional concerns
• 83% think security concerns about Chinese manufacturers are valid.
• 71% think Chinese made drones should be banned from US Government Agencies.
• 55% think Chinese made drones should be banned from US businesses and individuals.

The Hawthorn Group is an international public affairs firm of senior corporate and political communications experts specializing in building grassroots and grass tops support for issues to achieve public policy objectives.