In a representative poll of 2,038 adults, 44% said they would support or strongly support the political wing being designated a terrorist group, compared with just 10% who were opposed. 46% answered that they ‘don’t know’, meaning that 81% of those expressing a view backed its designation as a terrorist organisation.
According to the poll, young people are most likely to oppose the proscription, with 23% of 18-34-year-old who express a view opposing the proposal compared to 17% of over 55s.
Among Jewish respondents, 91% were in support, 9% who ‘don’t know’. Muslims were more than twice as likely to support an extension of the designation as be opposed to it.
CFI Vice-Chairman said in response to the poll: “It is artificial to distinguish the activities of the two elements of this highly militant extremist organisation… I would urge the Government to listen to the views expressed in this poll and ban the political side Hezbollah”.