Poll: Young Americans Most Optimistic about Amazon’s Planned Package Delivery Drones, Older Americans Remain Wary

Of his company’s highly-anticipated, still-under-development package delivery system, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has said, “Look, this thing can’t land on somebody’s head while they’re walking around their neighborhood.” He is referring to drones, the same unmanned aerial vehicles used in war, controversial tools of surveillance, and more recently, agents of research and disaster relief.

Given the wide variety of uses for drones, it is perhaps not surprising that Americans are divided on their feelings about the technology. According to the latest Reason-Rupe poll, 45 percent of Americans say Amazon’s planned use of drones for package delivery makes them think more positively about the future, while 44 percent say the idea makes them think more negatively about the future. Nine percent said the concept doesn’t make them think one way or the other about the future.

Traditional political party affiliation does not impact public opinion on this topic, though political philosophy does play a role, with self-labeled libertarians and progressives feeling most optimistic about this technology. Sixty percent of libertarians and 59 percent of progressives say drone-delivery makes them think more positively about the future, compared to 49 percent of self-labeled liberals, 43 percent of moderates, and 39 percent of conservatives. Fifty percent of tea party supporters are also optimistic, while 43 percent are not.

Americans’ thoughts about the use of drones for package delivery is highly correlated with age, as younger people feel more positively about the technology than do older Americans. Fifty-nine percent of those under 35, including 68 percent of people 18-24, say Amazon’s idea makes them think more positively about the future, compared to 44 percent of 35-54 year olds and just 34 percent of Americans ages 55 and over who agree.

Men are 13 points more likely than women to report that the idea of this new use of technology makes them feel positively about the future.

Nationwide telephone poll conducted Dec 4-8 2013 interviewed 1011 adults on both mobile (506) and landline (505) phones, with a margin of error +/- 3.7%. Princeton Survey Research Associates International executed the nationwide Reason-Rupe survey. Columns may not add up to 100% due to rounding. Full poll results, detailed tables, and methodology found here. Sign up for notifications of new releases of the Reason-Rupe poll here.

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  • Lord Humungus||

    Wary or Weary?

  • WTF||

    This is what happens when you take the time to do HTML tags.

  • Lord Humungus||

    He was wearily warily wringing wrinkles

  • Pro Libertate||

    Oh, she may be weary
    Young girls they do get weary
    Wearing that same old shaggy dress, yeah yeah
    But when she gets weary
    Try a little tenderness, yeah yeah

    You know she's waiting
    Just anticipating
    For things that she'll never, never, never, never possess, yeah yeah
    But while she's there waiting, without them
    Try a little tenderness (that's all you gotta do)

    It's not just sentimental, no, no, no
    She has her grief and care, yeah yeah yeah
    But the soft words, they are spoke so gentle, yeah
    It makes it easier, easier to bear, yeah

    You won't regret it, no, no
    Some girls they don't forget it
    Love is their only happiness, yeah
    But it's all so easy
    All you gotta do is try, try a little tenderness, yeah
    All you gotta do is, man, hold her where you want her

    Squeeze her, don't tease her, never leave her
    Get to her, try, try
    Just try a little tenderness, ooh yeah yeah yeah
    You got to know how to love her, man, you'll be surprised, man
    You've got to squeeze her, don't tease her, never leave
    You've got to hold her and rub her softly
    Try a little tenderness, ooh yeah yeah yeah
    You've got to rub her gentle man, all you gotta do, no no
    You've got to love her, squeeze her, don't tease her
    Gotta try nah nah nah, try
    Try a little tenderness, yeah, watch her groove
    You've gotta to know what to do, man
    Take this advice

  • WTF||

    Damn, I'm just a little too slow on the keyboard today.

  • WTF||

    You know after all this fun we're having with "weary" they're going to just change it to "wary" and never note that they changed it. And we will look more like raving lunatics than usual.

  • ||

    That would be such a sham if they did something like...er, I mean spurious.

  • Eitan||

    They're older Americans…so, weary

  • WTF||

    Older Americans remain weary, or wary?

  • BSubversive.com||

    Well with all that shit to deliver, you'd be weary too...

  • Pro Libertate||

    It's not woolly. Nobody gets woolly. Women get weary. They don't get woolly. Nobody gets "stress." They're wearing a "dress." I hate people that get the words wrong.

  • WTF||

    oh she may be weary
    them young girls they do get wearied
    wearing that same old miniskirt dress
    but when she gets weary
    you try a little tenderness

  • Eric Bana||

    So Obama uses drones to assassinate and murder people, and Amazon uses them to deliver packages. Yeah, there's no difference between what the government does and what private companies do.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Though I must say that if a corporation might take political control of the world, it is Amazon. It's funny that people say that about other corporations, but none is so awesome or insidious as Amazon. I say this as a very happy customer of the company, too.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Hey! Bombs are packages too!

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    My questions are:

    A) Why don't McDonald's, BK, Jack in the Box, etc. have home delivery?

    B) Why aren't Pizza Hut, Domino's, Papa John's, etc developing drone delivery?

  • trshmnstr||

  • UnCivilServant||

    B: they do have drone delivery. The delivery drones are just people. It's still cheaper than R&D.

  • backtothegarden||

    Yeah, they also have those working the registers of every fast food restaurant I've ever been to. They are stealing jobs from the friendlier, more capable kiosk. But not for long.

  • Lord Humungus||

    Personally I am both wary and weary of all these damn polls.

  • ||

    ^^This. They're completely meaningless.

  • trshmnstr||

    I think that tons of people are confused about what a drone is. It's just a stupid R/C airplane with autopilot. I think some of these old folks imagine a predator landing in their front yard, missiles hot, and a friendly amazon roomba driving out the back and dropping off a package.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

  • trshmnstr||

    Wow, that is friggin hilarious!

  • ||

    Something tells me that the same people who are wary of package delivery drones are totally comfortable with drone bombing people across the world.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Will the NSA ask for the video feeds from their obsticle avoidance cameras?

  • Jesus H. Christ||

    "Weary" something something "if Lucy" something "this place is a shithole".

  • ||

    Positive Response:
    Start with: 39.0
    If Libertarian, add: 22.6
    If Progressive, add: 20.0
    If Liberal, add: 10.8
    If Tea Partier, add: 8.7
    If Male, add: 12.4

    For Negative Response:
    Subtract: 89.0
    If Moderate, subtract: 9.0

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