17/06/2013 16:56 BST | Updated 17/06/2013 16:57 BST

Majority Of Britons Opposed To Arming Syrian Rebels

Syrian rebels take position in a house during clashes with regime forces in the old city of Aleppo

A majority of the British public would not support moves by the Government to arm Syrian rebels opposed to Bashar Assad's regime, a poll has found.

Just 17% agreed they would support the British government if it supplied weapons to the opposition forces, with 53% disagreeing.

The ComRes poll for ITV News found 56% believed Britain should not arm the rebels because of the risk the weapons could fall into the hands of terrorists, with 15% disagreeing.

Asked if they believed that providing arms to the rebels would make Britain more prone to terrorist attacks 56% agreed and 13% disagreed.

Almost half of those surveyed (48%) said the Syrian conflict was "none of our business", with 27% disagreeing.

Just 25% said they would support the use of British ground troops in Syria "if it were necessary to bring peace and stability", with 50% opposed.

The poll results come on the day that London mayor Boris Johnson warned the UK government not to arm the rebels, describing them as 'odious, hate-filled thugs'.

ComRes interviewed 2,055 British adults online from June 14-16. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all British adults.