British action in Libya unpopular
It is not even as well supported by the British public as the Iraq invasion, according to a ComRes/ ITV News poll out tonight. The poll shows that 53% of people think British forces shouldn’t risk death to protect Libyan opposition forces against Gaddafi’s regime.
Only 35% agree it is right for the UK to take military action against Colonel Gaddafi’s forces in Libya, while two thirds either disagree (43%) or don’t know (22%).
Nearly half (49%) agree that military action in Libya is an unnecessary risk for Britain to take, although 31% disagree. Asked if they feel they have a good understanding of why the UK is planning military action in Libya, more than half (52%) agree.
Contrast this with the 54% support for the British role in the invasion of Iraq in the days after it started, rising to 63% support in April 2003.
ICM/Guardian, fieldwork 21-23 March 2003
Q.1 Do you approve or disapprove of the military attack on Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein?
Tonight’s Libya poll also contrasts with opinion polls in America. A CNN/Opinion Research poll carried out on Friday through Sunday and released Monday found that “54 percent approve of the use of American and other countries’ missiles and fighter jets to protect Libyan civilians and enforce a no-fly zone. Forty-three percent oppose that.”
Update: There is also a YouGov poll tonight, taken yesterday and today (a bit later than ComRes, Friday to yesterday) which has a different result: 45% of people say Britain, the US and France are right to take military action against Libya, 36% think it is wrong.
ComRes interviewed 2,028 GB adults online between 18 and 20 March. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full data tables available at ComRes.Tagged in: comres, Libya, opinion polls
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