If Jeremy Corbyn thinks the public share his opposition to further intervention in the region, he is wrongby Peter Kellner / November 23, 2015 / Leave a comment
Two years ago, MPs voted narrowly against Britain taking part in air strikes against Syria. One of the arguments advanced by opponents of military action was that public opinion rejected it. The sole piece of scientific evidence (as opposed to the self-selecting minority who wrote to MPs) was a YouGov survey for the Sun, which found that voters divided two-to-one against air strikes.
This time voters are in a very different place. A YouGov poll last week for The Times found a majority of well over two-to-one in favour of the RAF joining strikes against Islamic State. If MPs want public endorsement of military action, they have it.
Here are the two sets of poll results:
|August 26-27, 2013||%||%||%||%||%|
|Thinking about the situation in Syria, here are some things that Britain’s government is reported to be considering, in partnership with other countries such as France and the United States. Would you support or oppose using British missiles, fired from ships off the coast of Syria, against military sites inside Syria?|
|November 16-17 2015|
|Would you approve or disapprove of…The RAF taking part in air strike operations against Islamic State/ISIS in Syria?|