Main reason for sending military forces to Iraq

Sep 23, 2014

Q. What do you think is the main reason the Australian Government is sending military forces to Iraq?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

To fight against terrorism

36%

31%

52%

15%

31%

To support the USA

29%

30%

26%

36%

29%

To protect the people of Iraq

9%

6%

13%

7%

9%

To distract attention from the government’s problems

9%

16%

1%

15%

14%

To make Australia look important

8%

10%

4%

15%

10%

Don’t know

8%

7%

4%

13%

8%

36% think the main reason the Australian Government is sending military forces to Iraq is to fight against terrorism and 29% think the main reason is to support the USA. Only 9% think it is to protect the people of Iraq.

A majority (52%) of Liberal/National voters think the main reason is to fight against terrorism. 41% of respondents aged 55+ think it is to fight against terrorism compared to 30% of those aged under 35.

Supplying arms to Iraq

Sep 9, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Australian Government’s decision to supply arms and weapons to Kurdish forces fighting in Iraq?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total approve

38%

27%

55%

32%

38%

Total disapprove

39%

52%

23%

51%

47%

Strongly approve

13%

8%

23%

4%

7%

Approve

25%

19%

32%

28%

31%

Disapprove

20%

23%

16%

27%

23%

Strongly disapprove

19%

29%

7%

24%

24%

Don’t know

24%

21%

22%

17%

15%

38% approve of the Australian Government’s decision to supply arms and weapons to Kurdish forces fighting in Iraq and 39% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (55%), men (50%) and aged 65+ (62%).

Those most likely to disapprove were Labor voters (52%), Greens voters (51%) and women (45%).

Supporting air strikes in Iraq

Sep 9, 2014

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of Australia sending military planes to support the US air strikes in Iraq?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total approve

38%

31%

54%

32%

37%

Total disapprove

42%

55%

29%

55%

46%

Strongly approve

12%

9%

20%

8%

9%

Approve

26%

22%

34%

24%

28%

Disapprove

23%

26%

21%

31%

23%

Strongly disapprove

19%

29%

8%

24%

23%

Don’t know

19%

14%

17%

14%

18%

38% would approve of Australia sending military planes to support the US air strikes in Iraq and 42% would disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (54%), men (50%) and aged 65+ (58%).

Those most likely to disapprove were Labor voters (55%), Greens voters (55%) and women (49%).

Sending troops to Iraq

Sep 9, 2014

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of Australia sending troops to Iraq if the USA asks for our support?

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of Australia sending troops to Iraq if the United Nations asks for our support?

 

Total

USA

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/
Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Total United Nations

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/
Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total approve

27%

21%

38%

28%

21%

45%

43%

53%

42%

38%

Total disapprove

54%

64%

46%

63%

62%

36%

40%

30%

42%

49%

Strongly approve

8%

6%

12%

4%

5%

12%

8%

15%

22%

8%

Approve

19%

15%

26%

24%

16%

33%

35%

38%

20%

30%

Disapprove

26%

25%

28%

34%

26%

20%

20%

19%

24%

26%

Strongly disapprove

28%

39%

18%

29%

36%

16%

20%

11%

18%

23%

Don’t know

19%

16%

17%

9%

17%

20%

17%

17%

16%

13%

Only 27% would approve Australia sending troops to Iraq if the USA asks for our support but 45% would approve of Australia sending troops to Iraq if the United Nations asks for our support.

Those most likely to approve sending troops were men (34% US/52% UN) and Liberal/National voters (38% US/53% UN).

Those most likely to disapprove sending troops were Labor voters (64% US/40% UN) and Greens voters (63% US/42% UN).

USA military action in Iraq

Jun 24, 2014

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of the USA taking military action to support the Iraqi Government in the current fighting in Iraq?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

39%

34%

49%

24%

36%

Total disapprove

31%

35%

24%

35%

41%

Strongly approve

11%

13%

13%

1%

9%

Approve

28%

21%

36%

23%

27%

Disapprove

20%

23%

16%

17%

27%

Strongly disapprove

11%

12%

8%

18%

14%

Don’t know

30%

31%

26%

42%

21%

39% would approve of the USA taking military action to support the Iraqi Government in the current fighting in Iraq and 31% would disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (49%) and men (48%). Labor voters were split (34% approve/35% disapprove) while Greens voters were more likely to disapprove (24% approve/35% disapprove).

Australian troops in Iraq

Jun 24, 2014

Q. Would you approve or disapprove of Australia sending troops to Iraq if the USA asks for our support?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total approve

30%

24%

42%

21%

24%

Total disapprove

54%

58%

43%

62%

63%

Strongly approve

7%

10%

7%

1%

5%

Approve

23%

14%

35%

20%

19%

Disapprove

27%

30%

22%

35%

25%

Strongly disapprove

27%

28%

21%

27%

38%

Don’t know

17%

18%

14%

17%

13%

30% would approve of Australia sending troops to Iraq if the USA asks for our support and 54% would disapprove.

Liberal/National voters were split – 42% approve and 43% disapprove – while a majority of other voter groups disapproved.

71% of those aged 55+ disapproved.

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