60% of Britons in favor of military action against Islamic State


Almost two thirds of Britons would support military action against the Islamic State in Iraq, according to a poll. The survey also showed the public want tougher laws for terror suspects at home and to prevent British jihadists from returning to the UK.

The poll, conducted by Opinium Research and published in The Telegraph newspaper, showed that 60 percent of those surveyed were in favor of the government taking some sort of military action to try and quell the rise of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). Only 20 percent of those asked objected to the UK getting involved in the crisis in the Middle East.

The survey was taken to get the public’s reaction in the wake of the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff. The attack was believed to have been carried out by a British national, who goes by the name of ‘Jihad John’, also believed to be responsible for the beheading of another American citizen, James Foley.


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