Poll: Americans OK with some domestic drones — but not to catch speeders.

CBP Air and Marine officers control and watch images taken…

CBP Air and Marine officers control and watch images taken by Unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) of the CBP. This surveillance provides information concerning illegal activities taking place in remote areas to Border Patrol agents. Gerald Nino, CBP, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

The Monmouth University Polling Institute of New Jersey said it tested the four scenarios in anticipation of a national push that, according to estimates from the Federal Aviation Administration, could see up to 30,000 drones patrolling U.S. skies within a decade.

The FAA, under orders from Congress in a bill signed into law Feb. 14 by President Barack Obama, is expediting the expansion of domestic drone use.

And that’s OK with most Americans, the poll found.

“Americans clearly support using drone technology in special circumstances, but they are a bit leery of more routine use by local law enforcement agencies,” Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

Read the poll results as a PDF here.

Source: Jim Gold for MSNBC.

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