The latest BMG poll for the Independent reveals a majority of Britons would support further action in Syria to ease civilian suffering in Aleppo.
The results BMG’s latest poll for the Independent reveal that 42% would back the UK government to consider implementing either a no-bomb zone, or a no-fly zone in Syria. Over one fifth (22%) would back further economic sanctions against Russia and Syria in a bid to dissuade them from further bombing; and just one in ten (10%) said they would back a more extensive military intervention using coalition air and ground forces. One quarter (26%) of the British public said the best option for the UK government is to keep the current status quo.
However, it is also interesting to note the different approaches preferred between members of the public when dealing with the situation in Syria. For instance, younger adults aged 18-24 tend to favour the implementation of a no-fly or no-bomb zone (55%), while those aged 65+ prefer a less involved approach, with a majority (51%) supporting either the status quo or further economic sanctions.
The Independent reported “The US, UK, and other Western powers have already said they will consider further sanctions, but indicated little appetite for further military action after a summit earlier this month.”
Dr Michael Turner, Research Director at BMG Research, said “The results of BMG’s latest poll for the Independent show that there is a clear desire among Britons to prevent the further plight of Syrians in Aleppo, but extensive military action, that may involve ‘boots on the ground’, would not be a popular policy for most, with more than one third (37%) saying that this would be the worst policy for the government to consider.”
An article based on these polling results, released by Independent, can be found here.
Fieldwork dates and methodology can be found here.
A full breakdown of these results can be found here.
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Lauren Harris – Senior Research Executive