Troops in Afghanistan

Oct 11, 2010

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

Total

11 Oct 10

Labor Liberal Greens 21 June 10 March 09
Increase the number of troops in Afghanistan 13% 10% 20% 6% 7% 14%
Keep the same number of troops in Afghanistan 24% 26% 29% 14% 24% 24%
Withdraw our troops from Afghanistan 49% 50% 41% 73% 61% 50%
Don’t know 14% 14% 10% 7% 8% 12%

49% of respondents believe Australia should withdraw our troops from Afghanistan, 24% think we should keep the same number and 13% think the numbers should be increased.

Support for withdrawal has dropped from the 61% recorded in June but is similar to the result recorded in March last year.

50% of Labor voters and 73% of Greens voters support withdrawal but 49% of Liberal/National voters favour maintaining or increasing the number of troops.

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