12 February 2013, 16:19

Obama no better than Bush on security vs civil liberties: Hill Poll

Obama no better than Bush on security vs civil liberties: Hill Poll

A majority of voters believe President Obama has been no better than his immediate predecessor, President George W. Bush, when it comes to balancing national security with the protection of civil liberties, according to a new poll for The Hill.

Thirty-seven percent of voters argue that Obama has been worse than Bush while 15 percent say he has been “about the same.”

The poll found that 53 percent of likely voters said it should be legal for the U.S. Government to kill non-U.S. citizens it deems to be terrorists.

Meanwhile, 44 percent said it should be legal for the U.S. Government to kill American citizens who it believes are terrorists and present an imminent threat.

Sixty-five percent of respondents said they support the use of unmanned drones to kill “people in foreign countries whom the US government says are terrorists and present an imminent threat,” while just 19 percent of voters said they oppose the policy.

The findings were based on a nationwide survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted on February 7 by Pulse Opinion Research.

Voice of Russia, The Hill

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