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UK Divided On Combat Mission In Libya


Britain is split over the allied airstrikes against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, a poll has revealed.

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Poll shows 46% of Brits believe Col Gaddafi should be personally targeted

A YouGov survey for The Sun newspaper shows that 45% of people support the coalition intervention in Libya, but 36% think the war is wrong and 19% said they were undecided.

When asked whether the Libyan dictator should be personally targeted by allied airstrikes, 46% said he should, with 30% saying he should not.

Britons also feel Prime Minister David Cameron’s handling of the crisis is better than US President Barack Obama’s, the survey shows.

The results of the poll came as Mr Cameron secured comprehensive support from MPs for the military intervention – despite signs of friction in the Government over how to tackle Col Gaddafi.

The House of Commons endorsed the action by a margin of 557 to 13 after the Prime Minister reassured them: “This is not going to be another Iraq.”

In another survey, for ITV News, more than half of people believe British servicemen should not risk their lives protecting Libyan opposition forces, a new study has shown.

The ComRes poll found some 53% of those consulted felt it would be unacceptable for British personnel to die fighting for the Libyan opposition to the Gaddafi regime.

Just one in three people (35%) agreed with the decision to take military action.

But according to the survey, nearly half (49%) of adults felt such intervention constituted an unnecessary risk for Britain.

:: The YouGov polled 2,000 people on March 20 and 21 and ComRes interviewed 2028 people online over the weekend.

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