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Essex pollster: UK opposes intervention in Syria
1:32pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
THE British public “want nothing to do” with an intervention in Syria, according to research by an Essex professor.
Dr Thomas Scotto says polling with YouGov in the UK and USA over the last 18 months has consistently shown no appetite for action in the civil war torn country.
Prime Minister David Cameron has cut short a family holiday and will take part in a national security council meeting to discuss possible UK involvement on Wednesday.
UN weapons inspectors are investigating whether Bashar Assad's regime is responsible for chemical weapons attacks on the population.
The PM announced Parliament would be recalled on Thursday to debate the nation's response to the attacks.
But Dr Scotto, professor in the Department of Government at Essex University, said the Economic and Social Research Council-funded surveys suggested the public were suffering from “battle fatigue” following lengthy engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq.
He said: “They just want nothing to do with it.
“Public opinion is amongst the lowest I’ve ever seen for a serious intervention.
“There’s even little support for arming the rebels, which suggests to me people see that as a slippery slope towards further engagement.”
See Wednesday's newspaper for more.
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