Q. Thinking about the Australian troops in Afghanistan, do you think Australia should –
|25 Oct 2010||Total||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat||Vote Greens|
|Increase the number of troops in Afghanistan||10%||5%||7%||6%||1%|
|Keep the same number of troops in Afghanistan||30%||30%||26%||39%||16%|
|Withdraw our troops from Afghanistan||47%||56%||62%||48%||74%|
35% think that the Australian troops in Afghanistan should be increased or maintained and 56% think Australia should withdraw its troops. This is a significant shift (+9%) in favour of withdrawal since this question was last asked in October 2010.
62% of Labor voters and 74% of Greens voters support withdrawal. Liberal/National voters are split – 48% support withdrawal and 45 support increasing/maintaining troop numbers.
Males were more likely than females to state that Australia should increase the number of troops in Afghanistan (9% compared to 2% of females) or keep the same number of troops in Afghanistan (36% compared to 24% of females).
However, the majority of both males (49%) and females (63%) think Australia should withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
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