The UK public was not any better informed than their counterparts in the USA. A poll done by AP in 2007 asked the US public to estimate the Iraqi civilian death toll from the war. The median answer was 10,000, as in the UK poll. However, the AP poll explicitly asked for an estimate of civilian deaths only.
A very reasonable argument can be made that the death toll from the war is probably about 1 million Iraqis - something perhaps 2% of the UK public is aware of according to the poll results. IBC’s limited count would double between 2006 and the end of 2011. Similarly doubling the scientific estimates made in 2006 for Iraqi deaths yields a death toll of 800,000-1,300,000.
ComRes also asked the following question of the UK public:
What percentage of Iraqi deaths as a result of the war do you think were civilian ie non combatants? Please give a percentage from 1-100. Please just give your best estimate.
The results were widely dispersed. Fifty percent thought that less than half Iraqi deaths were civilians.
By combining the answers to the two questions, ComRes was able to calculate a civilian death estimate for each respondent which allows a more direct comparison with IBC’s tally. The median estimate for Iraqi civilian deaths was 4,000 – about thirty times lower than IBC’s very limited tally of civilian deaths in violent incidents. The summary of civilian death estimates is detailed below:
Up to 5,000 54%
5,001 - 10,000 11%
10,001 - 20,000 6%
20,001 - 50,000 9%
50,001 - 100,000 7%
100,001 - 500,000 9%
500,001 - 1,000,000 3%
Don't know/Not stated 0.3%
The poll results are a striking illustration of how a “free press” imposes ignorance on the public in order to promote war. Future wars (or "interventions") are obviously far more likely when the public within an aggressor state is kept clueless about the human cost.