The outcome of a new poll may come as a shock to some, revealing that the majority of the British public actually don’t support bombing ISIS in Syria.
The revelation comes via a new poll conducted for the Daily Mirror by Survation, showing that 59 per cent of people believe a bombing campaign against ISIS targets in the war-torn nation will actually increase the risk of terrorist attacks in the UK.
Meanwhile, less than half of those polled support British air raids against the extremists, with 48 per cent saying they backed the bombing, with 30 per cent dead against it, and the other 22 per cent undecided.
In addition to air strikes, the Survation poll also revealed there’s a divide over whether British ground troops should be sent to fight ISIS in Syria – 41 per cent agreed that ground troops should be used, while 36 per cent disagreed, and 23 per cent were undecided.
50 per cent of those polled were dead against both bombing ISIS in Syria AND sending in ground troops.
Thousands of people protested across the UK today, including outside 10 Downing Street in London, to show they are staunchly against air strikes in Syria.
The news comes after Prime Minister David Cameron laid out his case for military action this week, claiming in the House of Commons on Thursday that the UK will “never be safe” until Islamic State is defeated.
But it seems as though many don’t agree with the Tory leader, not least Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who has called for his party to oppose air strikes, something which hasn’t gone down too well with a number of Labour MPs but may prove popular with the British public, judging by these poll results.
The backlash is reminiscent of the summer of 2013, when MPs voted against government plans to go to war in Syria. However, in the wake of the Paris attacks, an increasing number of MPs are now more prepared to support military action in the country.
The RAF is currently limited to striking Islamic State targets in Iraq, but the vote will be brought before the House next week, when MPs will decide whether or not to support air strikes in Syria.