Essential Report

Views towards Australia’s involvement in the Afghanistan conflict

Aug 31, 2021

Q. How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements about Australian involvement in the 20-year conflict in Afghanistan?

  TOTAL: Agree TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither disagree nor agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
Australia should increase its refugee intake to include more people fleeing the violence in Afghanistan 48% 24% 20% 28% 28% 11% 12%
The government should grant permanent visas to all Afghan nationals currently in Australia 43% 26% 19% 24% 31% 13% 13%
The deployment of Australian troops in Afghanistan has benefitted Afghanistan and its inhabitants 42% 22% 13% 28% 37% 11% 11%
The deployment of Australian troops in Afghanistan has improved Australia’s reputation internationally 36% 22% 11% 25% 42% 12% 10%

 

TOTAL: Agree Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
Australia should increase its refugee intake to include more people fleeing the violence in Afghanistan 48% 51% 45% 53% 46% 45% 54% 46% 72% 29%
The government should grant permanent visas to all Afghan nationals currently in Australia 43% 48% 37% 46% 40% 42% 48% 41% 65% 26%
The deployment of Australian troops in Afghanistan has benefitted Afghanistan and its inhabitants 42% 43% 40% 38% 45% 42% 36% 55% 38% 33%
The deployment of Australian troops in Afghanistan has improved Australia’s reputation internationally 36% 42% 31% 35% 40% 33% 30% 47% 38% 27%
Base (n) 1,100 539 561 341 374 385 388 405 90 119
  • Around half of people would support Australia increasing its refugee intake in light of recent events in Afghanistan (48%), and 43% agree that permanent visas should be granted for all Afghan nationals currently living in Australia.
  • Agreement with increasing Australia’s refugee intake is highest among men (51%), those aged 18-34 (53%), Labor voters (54%) and Greens voters (72%).
  • When thinking about the impact of the Afghan conflict, 42% agree that the deployment of Australian troops in Afghanistan has benefitted Afghanistan and its inhabitants with 22% disagreeing.
  • 36% agree that the deployment of Australian troops in Afghanistan has improved Australia’s reputation internationally, 22% disagree.

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