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Protesting on Armistice Day: A Contentious Issue

Alastair Boland Find Out Now Market Research

Alastair Boland

13th Nov, 2023 | 5 mins read

In the lead up to the pro-Palestine marches on 11th of November The Telegraph commissioned us, and our partners at Electoral Calculus, to ask a nationally representative poll of 2,001 GB adults how they felt about the marches and the Israel-Gaza situation in general.

Key Points

  • Nearly twice as many say marches shouldn’t go ahead (45% Vs. 23%)
  • 41% say Israel is right to use military action in Gaza to defend itself, Vs. 13%.
  • Young support the marches much more than old (37% of 18-24 Vs. 12% of 65+).
  • Both main party leaders’ handling of the situation are seen as bad.

Key Analysis

Do you generally support or oppose pro-Palestine marches in Britain?

When asked if our panel supported or opposed pro-Palestine marches in general, more oppose them (29%) than support them (20%). 13% said that they preferred not to say, which hints at how contentious the subject is. 

A notable generational difference emerges, with 37% of respondents aged 18-24 supporting Vs. those aged 65 and above show 12% opposition.

Do you think the planned pro-Palestine march in London this Saturday (Remembrance Day) should be allowed to go ahead or not?

Regarding the planned pro-Palestine march on Remembrance Day, nearly twice as many think they should not be allowed, than those who think it should. Approximately 45% believe it should be allowed to proceed, while 23% think it should not. The remaining respondents either don’t know or prefer not to say.

How well or badly do you think Rishi Sunak has handled the situation in Israel and Gaza?

On how well Rishi Sunak has handled the situation, a clear plurality of 33% say very or quite badly, while only 8% believe he handled it very or quite well.

How well or badly do you think Keir Starmer has handled the situation in Israel and Gaza?

Keir Starmer’s handling of the crisis is seen as even worse than Sunak’s. Around 34% think he handled it very or quite badly, while only 6% believe he handled it very or quite well.

Do you agree or disagree that Israel has the right to defend itself with military actions in Gaza?

Another clear plurality believe Israel has the right to defend itself with military action in Gaza. 41% agree or strongly agree, while 13% disagree or strongly disagree.

About the Survey

Find Out Now interviewed 2,951 GB adults on 2023-11-09, and produced a sample of 2,001 respondents which is nationally representative by: Gender, Age, Social Class, Region, Brexit Vote, and 2019 General Election. Prefer not to say answers are included in this process to help limit the effects of non-response bias on representation.

Find Out Now are members of the British Polling Council and Market Research Society and abide by their rules.

For further information, or to request a poll or survey, contact us on ask@findoutnow.co.uk.

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