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No war

Public opposition to the war in Afghanistan had grown in Britain in the run-up to the election, according to an Angus Reid Public Opinion poll published on 22 April. Only 32% of respondents (down six points since February) said they supported the war, while 59% were opposed (up seven points). Only 12% of Britons foresaw a clear victory by US-led forces; 32% expected a negotiated settlement from a position of US and allied strength that gives the Taliban a small role in the Afghan government. 16% of respondents predicted a negotiated settlement from a position of US and allied weakness that gives the Taliban a significant role in the Afghan government; and 9% believed the Taliban will defeat US-led forces.

Topics: Afghanistan