Majority of Brits Support ISIS Air Strikes, Market Research Survey Shows

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30th September 2014 10:45 - Public Consultation

A survey, which was released hours before the British government announced it would take part in air strikes against the Islamic State, has outlined the public’s perception of the military action going on in Iraq.

Of the 1,972 British adults who were questioned between September 24-25, four fifths (81%) said they approved of the RAF dropping humanitarian supplies to people who have fled Islamic State/ISIS forces - 60+ year-olds (88%) were most likely to hold this view, and 18 to 24-year-olds (70%) were least likely. Less than one in 10 (7%) disapproved and around one sixth (15%) said they did not know.

Almost two thirds (64%) of the survey’s participants said they approved of the US’ air strikes to prevent the killing of the religious minorities and to protect American personnel in the region - men (74%) were one fifth more likely to approve this than women (54%). More than one fifth (22%) said they were unsure and 14% said they disapproved.

Furthermore, when asked if they approved or disapproved of the RAF taking part in the air strike operations against the Islamic State/ISIS, around three fifths (57%) said they were in favour - again, men (69%) were notably more likely to support the idea than women (45%). Almost one quarter (24%) said they disapproved and the remaining one fifth (19%) said they did not know.

And, finally, more than six in 10 (62%) said they supported the US’ air strikes on Islamic State/ISIS forces and bases in Syria to weaken them and push them back - 60+ year-olds (70%) were the most likely to support the US’ air strikes, and 18 to 24-year-olds (54%) were least likely. Almost one quarter (24%) said they were unsure when asked the question, and around one sixth (15%) said they disapproved of the strikes.

The research in this insight was conducted by YouGov.

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