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Britons support anti-piracy stance

LONDON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A majority of the British public supports the government's refusal to negotiate with Somali pirates for release of a couple held since October, a survey says.

Sixty percent agree with the decision to refuse to give in to ransom demands for the return of Paul and Rachel Chandler, seized while sailing their yacht to Tanzania in October 2009, an Angus Reid Public Opinion poll released Thursday said.

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And 84 percent of Britons say paying ransom money to hostage takers or pirates would only lead to further kidnapping, the poll said.

Most strongly in agreement with the government's attitude are those over age 55, with 71 percent saying it is the right call in this situation.

The survey was conducted online Tuesday and Wednesday with a representative national sample of 2,010 British adults.The margin of error was plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.

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