Saint Leo survey finds divided opinions on civilian drone use

Saint Leo University Polling Institute has released results from a poll that found the public is divided about whether civilian drones would make great package-delivery vehicles or are nuisances that should be banned, the institute said.

Eighty-four percent of respondents were aware of unmanned aerial vehicles, more popularly known as drones, which is up slightly from 78.4 percent last year.

As the public has grown more familiar with drones, concern levels have dropped from 73.1 percent to 65.6 percent regarding the presence of drones in airspace. Often-reported reasons for concern this year were interference with airplanes (70 percent) and personal privacy issues (71.5 percent).

There is high support for use of drones by community police departments (72 percent), in warfare (86.3 percent), and as a military alternative to deployment of ground troops (69.1 percent).

The Saint Leo University Polling Institute surveys results about Florida and national politics, public policy issues, Pope Francis´ popularity and other topics.