VLADIMIR Putin has stepped up Russia’s military presence in Syria and told the west it must back its leader Bashar al-Assad in order to tackle the growing threat of Islamic State (ISIS).
The US has accused Syria of a series of atrocities against its own people.
Only 31 per cent of those asked were against such an operation.
The survey, carried out by Sky News, also found almost three quarters backed bombing specific targets in the region.
It came weeks after it was revealed the Government had killed two Britons fighting for ISIS in a drone attack in Syria.
Assad’s regime is at war with ISIS but the west is carrying out air strikes against both sides of the conflict.
From there Putin’s forces aim to carry out attacks on ISIS strongholds in the Middle East, as well as US-backed rebels against Assad.
The Russia president has also sent his generals to Baghdad to co-ordinate a policy with Iran and Iraq against the terror group.
The opposition between America and Russia, which is also under pressure from NATO for the annexation of the Crimea, gave a sign of softening last week when US Secretary of State John Kerry talked of combining their efforts against ISIS, also known as ISIL. READ MORE