Military forces in Iraq

Jan 20, 2015

Q. During his recent visit to Iraq the Prime Minister promised to “deepen our cooperation” with Iraq against Islamic State (ISIS). Do you think Australia should –

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Increase our military forces in Iraq

11%

8%

19%

10%

Maintain our current military forces in Iraq

37%

37%

45%

26%

31%

Withdraw our military forces from Iraq

34%

42%

21%

52%

41%

Don’t know

18%

13%

15%

22%

18%

37% think Australia should maintain the current military forces in Iraq and 34% think they should be withdrawn. Only 11% think military forces in Iraq should be increased.

52% of Greens voters and 42% of Labor voters think they should be withdrawn. 19% of Liberal/National voters think they should be increased.

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.

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