ComRes: “37 percent say Blair should face war crime charges”

ComRes: “37 percent say Blair should face war crime charges”

…and 60% say Brown should share responsibility

More information has just been published from the weekend ComRes poll and it doesn’t make comfortable reading for either Blair and his successor.

A majority believes that Gordon Brown should share the blame while almost almost four in 10 people believe that Blair should face a war crimes trial over the 2003 invasion.

The findings are a setback for Brown, who will give evidence to the Chilcot inquiry into the war in the next few weeks. Brown Central had hoped that the conflict would be seen as “Blair’s war”.

Some 37 per cent of people believe that Mr Blair should be put on trial for going to war with Iraq, while 57 per cent disagree. Those who support a trial include more than one in four (27 per cent) of Labour supporters.

Younger people are the most hostile towards the former Prime Minister. Some 46 per cent of 18-24 year-olds and 43 per cent of 43 per cent of 25-34 year-olds agree that he should face a trial, compared to less than one in four of those aged 65 and over.

Generally only three in 10 people (29 per cent) regard the war as largely a success, while 63 per cent do not.

Mike Smithson

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