68% of Americans think drones are not safe, new poll suggests

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A new poll from The Hawthorn Group has revealed that 68% of Americans are concerned about the safety of drones, while a mere 7% have no concerns at all.

The Hawthorn Group is a Virginia-based public affairs firm. Its chairman John Ashford spoke at Commercial UAV Expo Europe in Amsterdam recently, revealing data from a TargetPoint poll commissioned by The Hawthorn Group.

The poll stated that 58% think drones are a good idea, while 42% do not.

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Furthermore, 70% expect home delivery, of the type that Amazon has promised, within the next five or 10 years.

Nearly half, however, think that such deliveries would be too dangerous to communities, while 82% think commercial drones used for deliveries will cause a serious accident sooner or later.

Another worry for the American public, according to the data, is the use of Chinese drones.

83% believe security concerns about Chinese manufacturers are valid, while 71% think they should be banned from use by the government.

This follows news last month that the US government had grounded all of its Chinese-made drones amid fears that they could be transmitting US information to China.

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