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Professor Sir Michael Aaronson, director of cii, said:
YouGov academic director Dr Joel Faulkner Rogers, whose research is published in Hitting the Target?, has said that the British public are divided over the use of drones.
A joint cii/RUSI Whitehall report has studied the debate on drones, and how much is known or understood about them by the public.
'Hitting the Target? How New Capabilities are Shaping International Intervention' found that 55% of respondents would support the government helping in a drone missile strike if it was to target a known terrorist.
Some other key statistics in the report were:
- 67% would support a drone strike to kill a known terrorist if it could be guaranteed that no innocent civilians would be killed.
- 32% would support the same strike if it was "likely that 10-15 innocent civilians might be killed"
- 32% said drone strikes had made the West safer overall
More than half of the British public would support the government helping in a drone missile strike if it was to target a known terrorist, according to new research.
The new joint study from theUniversity of Surrey's Centre for International Intervention (cii) and defence think-tank the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), carried out in collaboration with YouGov also found that people are far less supportive if innocent people are likely to be injured.