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'More Brits favour wiping out IS' after beheading video

More than a third (35%) of Brits now feel the Government should take action to destroy radical group Islamic State - up significantly since a video was released appearing to show the beheading of US journalist James Foley.

A video released by IS appeared to show the beheading of US journalist James Foley. Credit: Nicole Tung

The latest Comres/ITV News Index shows a 15 percentage point increase since last week in the proportion of people favouring British action to wipe out IS.

The option is now the most popular potential response to the militants among Brits, according to the polling.

Of the 2,062 people asked how the British government should respond to IS, less than a quarter now say Britain should avoid any involvement.

  • 35% (+15) said Britain should seek to defeat IS in its entirety
  • 23% (-6) said Britain should seek to stop IS making further gains in Iraq, Syria or elsewhere
  • 22% (-8) said Britain should not get involved and leave the situation to run its course
  • 20% (-1) said they did not know

74% believe sex crime suspects should stay anonymous

Almost three-quarters (74%) of people surveyed by ITV News believe that people accused of sexual assault should be given anonymity until proven guilty.

It comes after a succession of veteran celebrities have faced accusations, and in some cases convictions, for sexual crimes dating back many years.

Former Deputy Commons Speaker Nigel Evans, who was acquitted of sexual assault charges earlier this year, has called for anonymity of individuals involved in police investigations unless they are convicted.

The ITV News/ComRes Index also found that almost two-thirds (64%) of respondents believe investigations into historical cases of sexual assault by celebrities should continue until they have all come to light.


Two in five Brits 'want politicians like Boris Johnson'

Two in five British people wish more politicians were like Boris Johnson, a ComRes poll for ITV News has found.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Credit: Reuters

Some 28% of Britons believe Mr Johnson - who recently announced his intention to return to parliament - would make a better Prime Minister than David Cameron while 44% think he would be better-suited to the role than Ed Miliband.

More Britons think the Mayor of London is weirder than any of the four main party leaders, with a third saying Mr Johnson is not a serious politician.

But 35% said they would like to see Boris Johnson representing the UK on the global stage.

He was also found to be the second most trusted politician on the economy behind David Cameron, according to the poll of 2,031 British adults.

66% want law change in selling e-cigs to under 18s

Two-thirds of Britons would support a change to the law which would make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to those aged under 18, according to an ITV News poll carried out by ComRes.

A man uses an electronic cigarette. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

It is currently legal to sell e-cigarettes - which contain nicotine - to under 18s although there is a voluntary code in place by the retail industry for them not to do so.

ComRes asked 2,055 people whether they would "support or oppose a change in the law to make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes, which contain nicotine, to under 18-year-olds." The results were:

  • 66% support a change in the law to make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to under 18s.
  • 16% said they opposed the change, which would leave the voluntary code in place.
  • 17% said they did not know.

Levels of support for a change in the law was similar between parents with children under the age of 18 (68%) and those without children of that age (66%), the poll found.

Poll: Majority of public sector workers support strikers

Protestors during a march outside the Conservative Conference 2013 at Manchester Central. Credit: PA Wire

An ITV News/ComRes poll has found that the majority (59%) of public sector workers believe they are right to take industrial action, with less than a quarter (23%) disagreeing with them.

However, there is less support among private sector workers: 42% think that their public sector counterparts are wrong to go on strike compared to 37% who think that they are right to.

ComRes interviewed 2,053 adults online between 4th and 6th July 2014.

Poll: Britons split on public sector strike action

Members of the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT, march through Bristol in strikes last year. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive

The British public is divided about this week's public sector strike action, a poll conducted for ITV News by ComRes has found.

In the poll of 2,053 adults, results were split with as many people saying workers are right to go on strike (40%) as they are wrong to do so (41%).

Much of the opposition to the strikes comes from older Britons aged 65 and older, with 65% of those polled in that age range saying workers were wrong to take industrial action.


Live: Wayne Rooney press conference in Rio

England striker Wayne Rooney is talking to reporters ahead of the England squad's flight from Rio de Janeiro to the Amazon rainforest city of Manaus,

Roy Hodgson's side take on Italy in their first Group D game on Saturday evening at 11pm UK time.

Catch up on all the latest from Brazil on ITV Sport's World Cup page.

England fans have low expectations ahead of Brazil

Sad England fan Neil Renton after seeing England lose 2-1 to Brazil in a 2002 World Cup Quarter-Final match in Japan Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive

The British public have low expectations about England's performance at the Brazil World Cup, a poll commissioned by ITV News has found.

According to the ITV News Index poll, carried out by ComRes, most people think England will be knocked out in the 2nd Round (28%) or Quarter Final (25%), in line with the team’s performance at the last four World Cup tournaments.

Around one-in-six (16%) people think that the most likely outcome is England being knocked out in the first group stage, a fate that has not befallen the team since the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

Six percent of people think England will probably lose in the Semi Final, which last happened at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

ComRes interviewed 2,039 British adults online between 6th and 8th June 2014.

Poll: 52% of Brits will be 'happy when World Cup ends'

Over half of the British public say they expect to be glad when the World Cup comes to and end, an ITV News Index poll has found.

In the survey, carried out by ComRes for ITV News, 52% of those asked said they would be happy when the tournament in Brazil is over. Nearly two thirds - or 63%- of women say this, compared with 40% of men.

Roughly two-in-five also said that will try and avoid all coverage of the World Cup.

ComRes interviewed 2,039 British adults online between 6th and 8th June 2014.

'Optimistic' 3% think England will win Brazil World Cup

Optimistic England fans cheer from the stands. Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

An optimistic few think England stand a chance of lifting the Fifa World Cup Trophy in Rio de Janeiro as champions this July.

In an ITV News Index poll carried out by ComRes, 3% of those surveyed think that England are most likely to leave Brazil victorious, becoming World Champions for the first time since 1966.

ComRes interviewed 2,039 British adults online between 6th and 8th June 2014.

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