Essential Report

Australian troops in Afghanistan

Aug 29, 2011

Q.  Thinking about the Australian troops in Afghanistan, do you think Australia should –

25 Oct 2010 21 Mar 2011 Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Increase the number of troops in Afghanistan 10% 5% 4% 5% 3% 3%
Keep the same number of troops in Afghanistan 30% 30% 26% 26% 32% 15%
Withdraw our troops from Afghanistan 47% 56% 64% 61% 60% 75%
Don’t know 14% 9% 7% 7% 5% 6%

64% (up 8%) think Australia should withdraw our troops from Afghanistan, 26% (down 4%) think we should maintain troop numbers and 4% (down 1%) think we should increase them.

Since October last year, support for withdrawal of Australian troops has increased from 47% to 64%. There was majority support for withdrawal by all voting groups – 60% of Lib/Nat voters, 61% labor and 75% Greens. Support for withdrawal was also similar across age, gender and income.

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