A new ComRes poll for the Daily Mail has revealed that more than twice as many Britons think that taking military action in Syria will make British streets more dangerous (39%) than think it would make them safer (16%). As the Government considers what action to take in Syria, just one in five (21%) members of the British public think military action there would make it safer in the Middle East generally, compared to a third (31%) who think it would make it more dangerous and 39% who think it would make no difference.
Just one in five (19%) think it would make tourist beaches in North Africa safer, while a third say it would make them more dangerous (36%).
Other findings include:
Support for military actions
- Half of Britons (49%) oppose British troops going into Syria to fight Islamic State.
- However, the public does not definitively want to stay out of Syria and leave the situation there to run its course – 38% support doing so, compared to 49% who oppose this approach.
- Support therefore seems to fall on conducting airstrikes against Islamic State, which more than half support (56%), although one in three oppose (33%).
- Following George Osborne’s Budget and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership contest, the Conservatives (40%) remain twelve points ahead of Labour (28%).