Essential Report

Troops in Afghanistan

Jun 21, 2010

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

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat March 09
Increase the number of troops in Afghanistan 7% 7% 7% 14%
Keep the same number of troops in Afghanistan 24% 25% 32% 24%
Withdraw our troops from Afghanistan 61% 61% 55% 50%
Don’t know 8% 7% 6% 12%

61% of respondents think Australia should withdraw our troops from Afghanistan, 24% think we should keep the same number and 7% think we should increase numbers. Support for withdrawal of troops has increased by 11% since this question was asked in March last year.

There was majority support for withdrawal of troops across all demographic groups and voter types. 55% of Liberal/National voters, 61% of Labor voters and 75% of Greens voters support withdrawal of Australia’s troops.


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