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50% reject air strikes on Islamic State: poll

By James Tapsfield

The majority of the public still oppose Britain launching airstrikes against Islamic State militants, according to a poll.

Research by ComRes for The Independent found that 35% of people thought the UK should take the action, compared to 50% who disagreed.

The idea of committing ground troops is even less popular, with just 20% in favour and 69% opposed.

The findings emerged after David Cameron again refused completely to rule out joining an international air campaign against Islamic State.

Some 61% supported taking away the passports and citizenship of Britons suspected of joining the extremist group.

The poll also found Labour had extended its lead over the Tories by a point over the past month, on 35% to 28% for Mr Cameron's party. Ukip was unchanged on 17%, with the Liberal Democrats up one point on 9%.

ComRes interviewed 1,001 adults by telephone between August 29 and 31. Data were weighted to represent the population and by past vote recall.

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