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British Public Opinion after a Decade of War: Attitudes to Iraq and Afghanistan

September, 2014
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This paper explores public opinion on the Iraq and Afghanistan missions.

Abstract

Using data from the 2011 British Social Attitudes survey (n = 3,311), this article compares British public opinion of the purposes and successes of the Iraq and Afghanistan missions. Public acceptance of military deaths/injuries, the accuracy of public estimates of military fatalities and how these differ according to opinions of the missions are determined. It is found that the British public is doubtful of the missions' achievements and cynical about their purposes. Perceptions of the campaigns were associated with the accuracy of estimations of UK military fatalities, and the acceptability of military deaths/injuries. Implications for social and political theory and British foreign policy are discussed.

Full Reference

Gribble R, et al. British Public Opinion after a Decade of War: Attitudes to Iraq and Afghanistan. Politics 2014; 35: 128-150.

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