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The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) commissioned ICM Unlimited to conduct a nationally representative poll of British adults on the topic of drones. The poll covers, among other things:

  • Whether people support or oppose the use of drones for various purposes;
  • What concerns people have about the use of drones;
  • How comfortable people say they would be about receiving an online order via drone;
  • Perceived benefits of drone deliveries;
  • What concerns people have about online orders being delivered by drone in their area;
  • Awareness and knowledge of UK regulations governing the use of drones.

The findings of the research are written up in IMechE’s ‘Public Perceptions: Drones‘ report.

Some of the key findings include:

  • Just under a quarter of adults support using drones for recreation (24%) and for the delivery of online orders (23%)
  • Younger people are more likely than older people to say that they support the use of drones for recreation and for the delivery of online orders. For instance, four in ten 18-24-year-olds support the use of drones for recreational use (41%), compared to one in seven 65-74-year-olds (14%) and one in twenty of those aged 75 or over (6%)
  • Three in ten people say that they would feel comfortable receiving an online order delivered by drone (31%), while over half would feel uncomfortable (53%). Once again, those who are younger are more likely than their older counterparts to feel comfortable about receiving drone deliveries. Just under half of 18-24-year-olds (45%) and 25-34-year-olds (48%) would feel comfortable compared to one in five 65-74-year-olds (18%) and one in seven of those aged 75 or over (14%)

Full data tables: ICM Omnibus – IMechE – Drones Poll – Tables

The survey was commissioned by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and conducted by ICM Unlimited. ICM interviewed a sample of 2,010 GB adults aged 18+ using its online omnibus service between 30 August and 02 September 2019. The results have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults aged 18+.

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