Tuesday, September 21, 2004
UK Voters Want Troops Out
Alan Travis, home affairs editor
Tuesday September 21, 2004
The overwhelming majority of voters - 71% - including Labour supporters want Tony Blair to set a date for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq, according to this month's Guardian/ICM opinion poll.
The finding represents a big swing in public mood since May when 45% of British voters told ICM the troops should remain in Iraq "for as long as necessary".
Growing violence in Iraq over the summer and the high-profile interviews with the families of dead British soldiers may well have contributed to this change in public opinion.