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The latest test of public opinion has shown a majority against bombing Syria – again.

Perhaps Michael Fallon is not a Guardian reader, but that hardly seems a useful position from which to justify his claim to RAF personnel that they have the “backing” of “the people of Britain”.

This Writer awaits the usual chorus of claims that the Guardian article isn’t a proper survey because it isn’t balanced and weighted in the same way as polls conducted by the professional survey companies.

But then, don’t those ‘professional’ surveys always reflect the opinions of their funders? And don’t those who disagree with this claim always agree with what such surveys are saying?

We asked our readers if they were happy with their local MP’s vote on airstrikes in Syria, after an overwhelming majority of British MPs voted in favour of action after a marathon debate on Wednesday.

Of the 1,200 responses we received, a majority were against bombing. Many were unhappy, and in some cases angry with their MPs for backing military action, though the tone of the responses was largely civil and contrustive. Some Labour MPs have complained of abusive and bullying messages via email and social media as a consequence of the Syria vote.

Our readers were, in the main, satisfied with their MPs if they voted against military action, and thanked them for listening to their reservations.

Source: Syria airstrikes: readers on MPs’ decision to back military action | World news | The Guardian

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