Impact of sending troops to Iraq

Mar 10, 2015

Q. Do you think sending troops to Iraq will make Australia more safe or less safe from terrorism?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

More safe

12%

8%

20%

5%

8%

Less safe

30%

33%

22%

44%

34%

Make no difference

47%

51%

47%

37%

53%

Don’t know

10%

7%

10%

13%

5%

30% think sending more troops to Iraq will make Australia less safe from terrorism and 12% think it will make Australia more safe. 47% think it will make no difference.

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).

Sending troops to Iraq

Aug 19, 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

28%

21%

39%

15%

30%

Total disapprove

60%

67%

49%

68%

65%

Strongly approve

6%

6%

9%

6%

Approve

22%

15%

30%

15%

24%

Disapprove

34%

36%

31%

34%

30%

Strongly disapprove

26%

31%

18%

34%

35%

Don’t know

13%

12%

12%

17%

5%

60% would disapprove of Australia sending troops to Iraq if the USA asks for our support and 28% would approve.

About two-thirds of Labor, Greens and other voters disapprove. Liberal/National voters were divided, but were more likely to disapprove (39% approve/49% 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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