Australians are
divided over whether the country should be involved in the Middle East
conflict with a slim majority (51%) saying the Government should not
send troops to the region if the UN requests it to do so, a special Roy
Morgan telephone survey has found.

According to 44% of
respondents, the Government “should” send troops if asked by the UN. 5% of those polled over the past two nights couldn’t say.

An
overwhelming majority (83%) of Australians agree that there can be “no
peace in the region without a settlement of the Israel/Palestine
issue”. Scepticism of the role of the US is also strong with (62%) of
respondents saying that the US “should not interfere in the conflict”.
Nor is the United Nations seen to have done much to help resolve the
conflict. Only 6% of Australians say the United Nations has done “a
lot”, 64% a little and 18% nothing at all (12% can’t say).

34% of Australians (unchanged in a fortnight) blame Israel or
America for the recent escalation in violence, compared to 17% (down 6%
in a fortnight) who blame Hezbollah and its sympathisers (Iran, Syria,
Palestine, Hamas). An unchanged 7% blame religion, while just 6% (up
2%) blame Lebanon – the scene of the most intense battles so far.

Pollster
Gary Morgan said the Australian government
would be brave to commit troops to a UN peacekeeping force in the
Middle East as “a large majority of Australians believe the UN and US
have done
only little to try to resolve the Middle East conflict”.

Read more on the Roy Morgan website here.

Peter Fray

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