War in Afghanistan

Oct 25, 2010

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

Total

25 Oct 10

Labor Liberal Greens 30 March 09 21 June 10 11 Oct 10
Increase the number of troops in Afghanistan

10%

10%

12%

10%

14%

7%

13%

Keep the same number of troops in Afghanistan

30%

31%

34%

23%

24%

24%

24%

Withdraw our troops from Afghanistan 47% 49% 45% 55% 50% 61% 49%
Don’t know 14% 10% 8% 12% 12% 8% 14%

47% say Australia should withdraw our troops from Afghanistan, 30% say we should keep the same number and 10% say we should increase troop numbers. The support for keeping the same number of troops in Afghanistan has increased by 6% since previous surveys.

Support for withdrawal is highest among Greens voters (55%) and those on higher incomes (54% of those earning over $1,600 per week).

Support for maintaining or increasing troop numbers is highest among Liberal/National voters (46%), men (46%) and those aged 55+ (48%).

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