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Does the average citizen of the Empire know that Stormtroopers are clones? Secondarily, does this effect their attitudes towards them in any way?

In terms of timeframe, let's consider the entire lifespan of the Empire, from its birth in Episode III through its end in VI.

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I'd point out that Ep VI wasn't really the "end" of the Empire, though it was the beginning of the end. But if you don't follow the EU, then for all practical purposes it was the end –  SSumner Jan 7 at 16:55
The clone troops were clones. By IV, most or all StormTroopers were real people. –  Kevin Jan 7 at 17:01
Well, the war was called "The Clone War". –  phantom42 Jan 7 at 17:08

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Logic would state that yes, the average citizen knew that many stormtroopers were* clones.

*Exactly what percentage of current Stormtroopers were clones after The Empire was officially formed is up for discussion.

Consider the fact that there was a huge conflict actually called "The Clone War".

Dubbed this by Yoda at the Battle of Geonosis,

"Victory? Victory, you say? Master Obi-Wan, not victory. The shroud of the dark side has fallen. Begun, the Clone War has." -Yoda

Wookieepedia elaborates:

The war was named after the clone troopers utilized by the Republic against the battle droid forces of the Separatists. These armies, the Grand Army of the Republic and the Separatist Droid Army, were two of the largest ever pitted against each other in galactic history, and the fighting between them rapidly spread to countless inhabited worlds.

This was not some small skirmish in a remote area. It spanned across the galaxy. Those who were not involved were surely at least aware of it. Even if one was not aware of the specifics of the war, the name of it is sort of a dead giveaway that clones are somehow involved.

That's well and good, but what about 20 years later? Even The Force has largely faded into obscurity.

Even Luke, who lives on the planet furthest away from the bright center of the universe, knows of The Clone Wars.

From the script:

BEN: That's what your uncle told you. He didn't hold with your father's ideals. Thought he should have stayed here and not gotten involved.

LUKE: You fought in the Clone Wars?

BEN: Yes, I was once a Jedi Knight the same as your father.

So, sticking with G-Canon - while not 100% positively affirming it, there is enough evidence to fairly assume that the average citizen knew that Stormtroopers were clones.

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