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Dear Lisa and list members, Lisa asks about British public opinion vis a vis an attack on Iraq and if there have been 'any polls' on this. A piece in yesterday's Sunday Times stated that the current war preparations 'come as a poll for The Sunday Times show public opposition to British involvement in an American-led strike has risen significantly in the past four months. The YouGov survey found that 51% of people opposed the use of British troops compared with 40% who would support action. In a similar survey in March there was a slim majority in favour, with 45% and 43% against. Today's survey also found that 49% thought that Tony Blair had become the "puppet of George W Bush.' (Navy Prepares for Iraq Strike, 28 July). On the other hand a MORI poll conducted earlier this year (whose results were reported in the 1 April edition of Time magazine) found 56% of British people opposed to extending the 'war on terrorism' to Iraq. On the 17th July the Christian Science Monitor reported - in a piece entitled Invading 'Iraq: Would the public go along?' - that according to a Gallup poll conducted in June 'little more than half of Americans say that if the US wins some allied support, they would approve of military action against Iraq, according to another June Gallup poll' and that '[t]hat number shrinks to a minority, however, in a scenario where the United States would go it alone - an option administration officials have not ruled out.' Best wishes, Gabriel voices uk -----Original Message----- From: Lisa Thomas <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> Date: 28 July 2002 23:01 Subject: [casi] How do the Brits at large feel about invading Iraq? >In regard to the following article, some of us are >letting our hopes rise that the Brits who know what's >going on will stop British participation. Then MAYBE >Bush will reconsider. We are working to try to get >our congress to include Scott Ritter's testimony in >the hearings next week, though we think even a stall >in congress won't stop Bush from doing what he >pleases. Please let us know of any polls that seem to >honestly indicate how a referendum would turn out >there: > >Lisa, Quoting: > >Sunday Mirror > >RIFT OVER SADDAM >TONY Blair has clashed with President George Bush over >the go-ahead for a war on Saddam Hussein. > >The PM wants a fresh mandate from the United Nations >for any military action. > >He fears a split in the Government and a serious >diplomatic rift between the West and Middle East >states if the US and Britain go it alone. Foreign >office advisers have told him the present UN mandate >for sanctions against Iraq does not cover an armed >attempt to topple Saddam. > >And they insist a new vote for action should be taken >by the UN security council, which would need the >backing of Russia and China. But Mr Bush wants to >press ahead with an attack to wrongfoot Saddam - and >before opposition builds up too far in >Western-friendly countries such as Jordan and Saudi >Arabia. > >The rift raises the possibility of America going it >alone without British troops. > >Full Article: >http://www.sundaymirror.co.uk/homepage/news/page.cfm?objectid=12069970&meth od=sm_full&siteid=81959 > > > > >__________________________________________________ >Do You Yahoo!? >Yahoo! Health - Feel better, live better >http://health.yahoo.com > >_______________________________________________ >Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. >To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss >To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org >All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk > _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk