Two million Britons would publicly protest Donald Trump's state visit to UK, suggests poll

13 per cent claimed they would be pleased, while 27 per cent said they would not care either way

Samuel Osborne
Wednesday 30 August 2017 08:09
The Prime Minister, Theresa May extended the invitation to Mr Trump when she became the first leader to visit him at the White House in January
The Prime Minister, Theresa May extended the invitation to Mr Trump when she became the first leader to visit him at the White House in January

Two million Britons would publicly protest if Donald Trump came to the UK for a state visit next year, a poll suggests.

Four per cent of those polled, representative of around two million members of the public, said they would "definitely" join a protest against Mr Trump's state visit, an ICM Unlimited poll for The Guardian found.

Seven per cent said they would "consider" joining a protest.

While 13 per cent claimed they would be pleased if the US President visited the UK, 27 per cent were apathetic and said they would not care one way or another.

Overall, 31 per cent said they would be upset.

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The ICM Unlimited poll, conducted from 25 to 28 August, used a representative online sample of 1,972 adults aged 18 and above.

Mr Trump previously reportedly told the Prime Minister, Theresa May, he would not make a state visit to the UK until he was guaranteed a "better reception".

His state visit has been postponed until next year over fears of widespread protests.

Ms May had extended the invitation when she became the first leader to visit Mr Trump at the White House in January.

It is possible the US President might make an unofficial visit to the UK to visit one of his two golf courses in Scotland.

A petition to prevent Mr Trump from being honoured with a formal state visit received over 1.8 million signatures.

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