Saint Leo Poll Finds As the Public Learns More About Drones, Opinions Split on the Best Civilian Uses
Not everyone wants consumer deliveries from above permitted in their communities
SAINT LEO, FL – Just about everybody understands what a drone is, but a new survey from the Saint Leo University Polling Institute (http://polls.saintleo.edu) shows the public is divided in its thinking about whether civilian drones would make great package-delivery vehicles or are nuisances that should be banned.
The latest poll from the Saint Leo University Institute was conducted online among 1,001 adults nationally from November 27 through November 30, 2016. A parallel survey of 501 adults was conducted in Florida, where the weather is better for flying drones during more months of the year.
More than 8 in 10 respondents, 84 percent, agreed this year that they were either very aware of or somewhat aware of unmanned aerial vehicles, more popularly known as drones. That was up slightly from 78.4 percent last year, when the institute first polled on drones as they became widely available for sale to consumers for personal interest and to businesses for use in surveying and marketing properties, mapping, and advertising. Law enforcement agencies have also been using drones for traffic and road accident observation as well as search-and-rescue operations.
As the public has grown more familiar with drones, and perhaps more aware of Federal Aviation Administration safety regulations governing their use, some things changed from 2015 to 2016. Last year, 73.1 percent of respondents nationally were either very concerned or somewhat concerned about the presence of drones in airspace. This year, that declined somewhat, to 65.6 percent—still a significant level. Often-reported reasons for concern this year were potentially dangerous interference with airplanes (70 percent) and personal privacy issues (71.5 percent).
The public indicated it likes drones for some uses in society. There is […]