Australian troops in Afghanistan

Jul 1, 2013

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

 

Jun 2010

May 2011

Nov 2011

Mar 2012

Sept 2012

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Increase the number of troops in Afghanistan

7%

6%

3%

4%

4%

2%

2%

2%

Keep the same number of troops in Afghanistan

24%

36%

22%

22%

23%

16%

14%

22%

11%

Withdraw our troops from Afghanistan

61%

48%

64%

64%

62%

69%

72%

64%

70%

Don’t know

8%

11%

11%

10%

11%

13%

12%

12%

19%

Support for withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan increased to 69% from 62% last September. Support for increasing or maintaining troops in Afghanistan dropped from 27% to 18%.

65% of men and 73% of women favour withdrawal of troops.

Support for withdrawing Australian troops has increased for all voter groups – up 12 points to 72% for Labor voters, up 6 points to 64% for Liberal/National voters and up 5 points to 70% for Greens voters.