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Woolwich Killing: Most Think EDL Actions 'Make Terror Attacks More Likely' Poll Finds

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Almost two thirds of people in the UK believe we need more stringent terrorism laws and would support the death penalty for terrorists, a poll conducted since the murder of soldier Lee Rigby found.

The survey found 64% of voters believe we need tougher laws to curb incitement to terrorism, while 63% would support the death penalty for convicted terrorists.

But 61% of those polled also felt that activities by groups such as the English Defence League make terrorist attacks more likely. Just 14% felt they didn't increase the threat of terrorism.

And just 40% of people said they felt the Government should revive plans for the "snoopers' charter", the ditched Communications Data Bill, to secretly monitor communications such as emails.

The survey showed good news for the Prime Minister, with the UK public giving strong backing to his response to the incident in Woolwich.

David Cameron was awarded a plus 19 rating for his handling of the situation, Labour leader Ed Miliband received a plus six rating, while Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was awarded zero.

The poll, carried out for the Mail on Sunday by Survation, interviewed 1,121 people online on Friday.

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