On the 5th anniversary of 9/11 there is, unsurprisingly, a new poll out on the war on terror. This time it is by YouGov for Sky News. The main findings are similar to the other recent polls on the issue. 63% of people told YouGov they thought there was a “war on terror” – made up of 62% of people who thought there was a war that the West needed to win, and 1% who thought the West should lose. The percentage of people saying there is a war on terror is higher than some of other questions asking if we are at war, since it offered the choices of being at war or not being at war, when some previous questions asked if whether we should consider it a war, or something else.

The survey found the same sort of pessimism about how well the “war” is going and how long it is likely to last as in the YouGov/Spectator survey last month. Only 7% thought we were winning the “war on terror”, with 22% thinking we were losing. 66% of people thought that the “war” would not end in their lifetimes.

77% of people thought that “Tony Blair’s policies towards the Middle East have made Britain more of a target for terrorists” with only 13% of people disagreeing.

Finally, YouGov asked about the possibility of war with Iran – something that, surprisingly, hasn’t actually been polled upon to a great extent. The answers however were unsurprising: 67% said if America took military action against Iran and asked Britain to send troops we should refuse, 16% would supporting sending troops. Supporters of all three political parties were overwhelming opposed (thought Lib Dems were most opposed, with only 8% supporting, and the Conservatives least, with 20% supporting).


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