Independent on Sunday Poll

Voting intention poll plus political attitudes conducted for the Independent on Sunday published 15 November 2009.

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Date Published
14 Nov 2009

Further Description

ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday finds 71 per cent support "phased withdrawal" from Afghanistan

After The Independent on Sunday became the first British newspaper last Sunday to call for withdrawal, ComRes asked respondents whether they agreed or disagreed with this statement of editorial policy:

I would support a phased withdrawal of British forces from Afghanistan, the aim being the end of combat operations within a year or so.
Agree                71%
Disagree           22%

The poll, to be published in tomorrow's Independent on Sunday, also found that the Conservative lead has increased slightly to 14 points:
 
Con      39% (-1)
Lab      25% (-2)
LD        17% (-1)
Others   19% (+4)
 
(Change since most recent ComRes poll for The Independent, 27 October.)
 
The poll also found that people believe, by a narrow margin, that the British presence in Afghanistan makes our streets less safe; that the Sun was unfair to the Prime Minister over his letter of condolence; and that David Cameron would not handle the issue of Afghanistan better than Gordon Brown.

The threat of terrorism on British soil is increased by British forces remaining in Afghanistan
Agree               47%      
Disagree           44%      
 
The Sun was unfair to Gordon Brown over his handwritten letter to the mother of Private Jamie Janes
Agree               60%      
Disagree           27%      
 
David Cameron would handle the issue of Afghanistan better than Gordon Brown has done
Agree               39%      
Disagree           46%      

ComRes telephoned 1,007 GB adults on 11 and 12 November.

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