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The Independent Political Poll

Political poll, including voting intention, for The Independent.

Date Published: 29 Sep 2014




David Cameron is trusted by many more people than Ed Miliband to take the right decisions on how to combat Isis, according to a ComRes survey for The Independent.

Some 45 per cent of the public trust the Prime Minister to make the right decisions on tackling the jihadist group, but only 28 per cent trust the Labour leader to do so.  Although 49 per cent do not trust Mr Cameron to make the right judgements on  the issue, some 63 per cent do not trust Mr Miliband. Four in 10 (41 per cent) of Labour voters trust Mr Cameron to make the right decisions on Isis, but only 18 per cent of Conservative supporters trust Mr Miliband.

The poll suggests that many now see the situation in Iraq and Syria as a direct threat to Britain’s safety. Some 48 per cent believe that taking part in such action will make Britain safer in the long term, while 42 per cent disagree. Men (53 per cent) are more likely to agree that such action will make the UK safer than women (41 per cent).

Only 38 per cent agree with the statement that the situation in Iraq and Syria is “none of our business and we should stay out of it,” while 56 per cent disagree.

According to ComRes, Labour enjoys a six-point lead over the Conservatives in the polls. It is on 35 per cent (unchanged since last month), the Conservatives on 29 per cent (up one point), Ukip on 15 per cent (down two points), the Liberal Democrats on 10 per cent (up one point) and others on 11 per cent (unchanged).

Tom Mludzinski, Head of Political Polling, ComRes said: “The capture and beheading of Western hostages by ISIS appears to have brought the threat closer to home for many in Britain. As the public see an increased threat to Britain so support for military action is likely to increase and David Cameron’s position as a statesman strengthen.”

ComRes interviewed 1,007 GB adults by telephone between 26th and 28th September 2014. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults. Data were also weighted by past vote recall. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.