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Panorama Poll

A poll conducted for Panorama: Britain on the Brink shows seventy-five per cent public support for the UK standing "shoulder to shoulder" with the United States.

However, if Osama Bin Laden is killed, captured or handed over, more than half those questioned would not support further military action.

The poll also reveals that most British people do not feel more at risk of terrorist attack than they did before the 11 September attacks and would be unwilling to accept an influx of refugees from the region should the situation deteriorate.

The questions in the Panorama poll were:

Q1. Following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, Tony Blair has said that "Britain will stand shoulder to shoulder with the United States". Do you agree that Britain should stand shoulder to shoulder with the USA or do you disagree?

Agree 76%
Disagree 12%
Don't Know 11%

Q2. If the Taliban hand over Bin Laden or he is killed, do you think military action should stop there?

Yes 56%
No 27%
Don't know 17%

Q3. After the terrorist attacks in the USA do you fear the risks of you and your family being caught in a terrorist attack are greater, less or about the same as before?

Greater 32%
About the same as before 58%
Less 4%
Don't know 5%

Q5. Thinking about the people you know, since the terrorist attacks in the USA do you think they are more hostile towards Muslims here in Britain, less hostile or do you think it has made no difference once way or the other? (this was asked of Non Muslims).

More 29%
No difference 62%
Less 2%
Don't know 8%

Q6. If the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan were to deteriorate over the next few weeks do you think Britain should accept more refugees from these countries or not?

Yes 28%
No 60%
Don't know 12%

ICM interviewed a random sample of 1,000 adults aged 18+ on Friday 28th/Saturday 29th September. Interviews were conducted by telephone across the country and the results have been weighted to be representative of the adult population.

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