Poll shows most Britons oppose war against Iraq
Xinhuanet 2003-01-31 20:51:12
LONDON, Jan. 31 (Xinhuanet) -- A poll published Friday by the left-wing Daily Mirror newspaper shows 84 percent of Britons oppose unilateral military action against Iraq and 43 percent are againstit under any circumstances.
The poll conducted by pollsters ICM, which interviewed a random sample of 1,004 adults aged 18 and above by phone on Tuesday and Wednesday, shows 41 percent of respondents would back a war with Iraq only if it is sanctioned by the United Nations.
According to the survey, about 73 percent of those questioned said British involvement in a possible US-led military strike on Iraq would make a reprisal terror attack on the country more likely.
About 66 percent of the interviewed said British Prime MinisterTony Blair cared more about supporting US President George W. Bushthan about British public opinion.
According to the newspaper, British public opposition to war has grown since chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix delivered his inspection progress report to the UN Security Council on Monday.
Britain, the staunchest ally of the United States in its bid to disarm Iraq by force if necessary, has committed about 34,000 troops to a possible war on Iraq.
Blair and Bush's tough line on Iraq has been criticized in Europe and elsewhere, with France and Germany clearly expressing their objection to a war with Iraq without further UN approval.
Reports said Blair, with confidence that a second UN resolutioncould be secured and that European opinion would rally to tough action as long as Bush showed restraint, was expected to urge the US leader to stick to the UN route to disarm Iraq during their summit at Camp David, on Friday. Enditem
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