Britons oppose sending more troops to Iraq

May 25, 2004 at 11:46 AM
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LONDON, May 25 (UPI) -- Britons oppose sending more troops to Iraq, the Guardian reported Tuesday.

The results of this month's Guardian/ICM poll indicate 66 percent of Britons oppose the government's anticipated deployment of 3,000 more fighters to Iraq.

Among Labor voters, that opposition runs 60 percent, a finding that will increase the pressure on Prime Minister Tony Blair to scale down the figures or shelve the announcement on extra troops, expected to be made in the next few weeks.

There has been speculation that an announcement might be delayed until after the June 10 local and European elections.

The Guardian/ICM poll also indicates 84 percent of voters believe Blair should insist that if any more troops are sent, they must serve under British commanders in British-controlled sectors of Iraq.

ICM interviewed a random sample of 1,002 adults aged 18 and over by phone from May 20-23. Interviews were conducted across the country and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults.

No margin of error was disclosed.

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