British public opinion, Iraq and the Chilcot Inquiry

British public opinion, Iraq and the Chilcot Inquiry


Below is a summary of three British public opinion polls released while the Chilcot Inquiry in to the Iraq war has been taking evidence:



17 January 2010, YouGov/Sunday Times poll:


          “52% of people believe Blair deliberately misled the country over the war.”


          “Almost one in four – 23% – think he should be tried as a war criminal.”



31 January 2010, BPIX/Mail on Sunday poll:


          “70 per cent thinking the war was illegal.”


          “28 per cent feel so strongly about the issue that they think Mr Blair should be tried for ‘war crimes’.


          80 per cent of people believe he lied over Iraq



3 February 2010, ComRes/Independent poll:


          “the passage of time has done little to change the public’s view of the Iraq conflict.  Only three in 10 people (29 per cent) regard the war as largely a success, while 63 per cent do not.”


          “Some 37 per cent of people believe that Mr Blair should be put on trial for going to war with Iraq


          “Younger people are the most hostile towards  the former Prime  Minister. Some 46 per cent of 18-24 year-olds and 43 per cent of 25-34 year-olds agree that he should face a trial, compared to less than one in four of those aged 65 and over.  The C2 skilled manual workers and the bottomed DE social groups are the most likely to support a trial, while the top AB group is the least likely to agree.”



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