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Blair Cannot Count On Baghdad Bounce
2 May 2003
The British participation in the American-led invasion of Iraq was, at the moment it began, possibly the least popular war with the British public of any in which British troops have joined since opinion polls first began. But no sooner had the first shots been fired than public opinion started to swing in favour of British involvement in the war and kept on going. Within a couple of days the polls were finding solid majorities in favour where previously they had found solid majorities against, a movement which even reports of civilian casualties, "friendly-fire" incidents and later widespread looting and lawlessness apparently did nothing to check. The scale of the change of opinions makes it one of the most dramatic turnarounds that MORI has measured.
Public Opinion And The War
24 March 2003
MORI chairman Sir Robert Worcester examines the state of public opinion now that the war against Iraq has begun.
Winning The Public Opinion War
19 March 2003
MORI chairman Sir Robert Worcester examines the state of public opinion as British forces go to war against Iraq.
Further Thoughts On Iraq
7 March 2003
Few political issues so dominate the public consciousness as the Iraq crisis is doing at the moment: 55% of the public named defence/foreign affairs as the single most important issue facing the country in the last MORI Political Monitor, and a further 7% chose nuclear weapons or disarmament. The National Health Service, the public's perennial obsession, is now of primary concern only to 6% - almost unprecedentedly, not even in the top three.
After Afghanistan, It's War - Over Public Services
20 December 2001
The Prime Minister is riding high, leading European reaction and standing tall 'shoulder to shoulder' with President Bush, over the 'War against Terrorism'. So far so good, but what happens when it's over, even if bin Laden and the Taliban are defeated and Tommy comes marching home? What then? The National Health Service has already (end November, in MORI's survey for the Times [Political Attitudes in Great Britain for November 2001]) regained poll position as the issue of most concern to most people in Britain, pushing the war into second place.
Britain at war
12 October 2001
The long-threatened launch of attacks on Afghanistan has done nothing to weaken British support for participation in military action, or to dent support for the way Tony Blair and George W Bush are handling the situation.