Many adults in Britain believe the United Kingdom should sever all diplomatic ties with Iran following last week’s storming of the British embassy in Tehran, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

On 29 December, hundreds of protesters invaded and trashed the British embassy and a separate diplomatic compound. British officials have publicly stated that the protest could only have transpired with the consent of Iran’s leaders.

In the online survey of a representative sample of 2,006 British adults, 42 per cent of respondents say they have followed this story “very closely” or “moderately closely.”

Two-in-five Britons (44%) believe that the protesters who stormed the British Embassy were acting with the consent of the Iranian regime, while only 11 per cent think they were acting independently.

In addition, 40 per cent of respondents believe that the Iranian police and private security guards acted in collusion with the protesters, while just 14 per cent think they were simply unable to stop the protesters.

Two thirds of Britons (68%) support the UK Government severing all diplomatic ties with Iran, while 12 per cent disagree with this course of action.

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Mario Canseco, Vice President, Angus Reid Public Opinion
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Methodology: From December 1 to December 2, 2011, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey among 2,006 randomly selected British adults who are Springboard UK panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.2%. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region data to ensure samples representative of the entire adult population of Great Britain. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.