Left Foot Forward readers back airstrikes on IS

A majority of Left Foot Forward readers back some form of military action against the so-called Islamic State, according to our latest poll.

A majority of Left Foot Forward readers back some form of military action against the so-called Islamic State (IS), according to our latest poll.

Thirty one per cent of readers supported a UK role in airstrikes on IS, with 24 per cent supporting airstrikes but also open to the possibility of ‘boots on the ground’.

IS poll 2j

Just 13 per cent were completely opposed to action against IS, while 40 per cent thought the UK should provide humanitarian aid only.

This closely matches public opinion more generally, with nearly three in five (57 per cent) saying they would approve of British forces taking part in strikes on IS positions, according to YouGov. However 54 per cent disapprove of Britain and the US sending ground troops back into Iraq, according to the same poll.

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5 Responses to “Left Foot Forward readers back airstrikes on IS”

  1. Kryten2k35

    What? 40% said Humanitarian Aid only. Therefore, a majority did not support airstrikes.

  2. Leon Wolfeson

    Actually, the table’s wrong, it adds up to 109%.

    Let’s see the actual %’s from the vote totals;

    Airstrikes
    70
    0.289256
    29%

    No Action
    29
    0.119835
    12%

    Humanitatian
    90
    0.371901
    37%

    Airstrikes+boots
    53
    0.219008
    22%

    So…at least airstrikes is 123 of 242, or 51%.
    There is a slim majority for action.

  3. Gary Scott

    I’m on the YouGov panel and they have been polling on this for some months, that in itself should be cause for concern. Does no one think that public opinion has been softened over the past few months? Does anyone think that we will come out of this war in a better position then we are going in? Will intervening provide a positive result, will there be less death and destruction, will lives be saved? How many Brits have died in Britain as a result of this, compare the number to those killed in the UK as a result of ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland.

  4. Dave Roberts

    Why is it a cause for concern that YouGov have been polling on this for months? I think what should be of cause for concern is that you are on the panel because all you seem to do is ask questions and not give answers.

    Yes I think that public opinion has been softened on this question in that it backs action against ISIS.

    Yes I think that we will come out of the war in a better position than we are in now and by we I include Kurds, Christians and all of the people of the area.

    Yes intervening will bring a positive result, there will be less death and destruction and lives will be saved, in the long run.

    Your last question is blatant whataboutism and therefore cannot be responded to.

    Any more questions?

  5. Left or Right Left ?

    About 600,000 dead in Iraq since invasion ! Isis created with Saudi money and you know who ? Dropping bombs will kill more innocents ! Get Saudis/ Gulf people & Turkey to fight !!!
    Left Foot Forward as phony a left wing organisation that has ever existed ??

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