Approval of US drone strikes

Jun 11, 2014

Q. The United States has a policy of targeting terrorists with remote controlled drone strikes in countries such as Afghanistan and Yemen. These attacks also sometimes kill and injure nearby civilians. Do you approve or disapprove of this policy?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total approve

35%

30%

48%

19%

33%

Total disapprove

45%

50%

33%

63%

51%

Strongly approve

11%

7%

16%

4%

15%

Approve

24%

23%

32%

15%

18%

Disapprove

28%

32%

25%

24%

26%

Strongly disapprove

17%

18%

8%

39%

25%

Don’t know

21%

19%

19%

18%

16%

35% approve of the US policy of targeting terrorists with remote controlled drone strikes and 45% disapprove.

A majority of Labor voters (50%), Greens voters (63%) and other voters (51%) disapprove while Liberal/National voters were more likely to approve (48% approve/33% disapprove).

Men were more likely to approve (47% approve/39% disapprove) while women were more likely to disapprove (23% approve/51% disapprove).

Troops in Afghanistan

Sep 10, 2012

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

 

21 Jun 2010

9 May 2011

21 Nov 2011

19 Mar 2012

This week  10 Sept 2012

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Increase the number of troops in Afghanistan

7%

6%

3%

4%

4%

5%

6%

3%

Keep the same number of troops in Afghanistan

24%

36%

22%

22%

23%

23%

27%

20%

Withdraw our troops from Afghanistan

61%

48%

64%

64%

62%

60%

58%

65%

Don’t know

8%

11%

11%

10%

11%

12%

9%

12%

There is little change in respondents’ positions on troops in Afghanistan. Compared to the last time the question was polled six months ago in March 2012, 4% still believe that we should increase the number of troops. Belief that we should maintain the same number of troops increased 1% to 23% and belief that we should withdraw troops fell just 2 points from 64% in March 2012 to 62%.

Looking at the results by voting intention, Coalition voters were the most in favour of maintaining troop numbers (27%) compared to Labor voters (23%) and Greens voters (20%).   Greens voters were the most likely to want to withdraw troops from Afghanistan (65%) when compared with Labor voters (60%) and Coalition voters (58%).

Troops in Afghanistan

Mar 19, 2012

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

 

25 Oct 2010

21 Mar 2011

29 Aug

21 Nov

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Increase the number of troops in Afghanistan

10%

5%

4%

3%

4%

4%

4%

6%

Keep the same number of troops in Afghanistan

30%

30%

26%

22%

22%

21%

27%

18%

Withdraw our troops from Afghanistan

47%

56%

64%

64%

64%

64%

62%

69%

Don’t know

14%

9%

7%

11%

10%

11%

7%

6%

64% (no change since November 2011) think Australia should withdraw our troops from Afghanistan, 22% (no change) think we should maintain troop numbers and 4% (up 1%) think we should increase them.

In the past 12 months, support for withdrawal of Australian troops has increased from 56% to 64%. There was majority support for withdrawal by all voting groups – 62% of Lib/Nat voters, 64% Labor and 69% Greens. Support for withdrawal was 71% among people aged 55+ and women were more likely than men to support withdrawal of troops (69% to 59%).

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Australian troops in Afghanistan

Nov 21, 2011

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

25 Oct 2010 21 Mar 2011 29 Aug 2011 Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Increase the number of troops in Afghanistan 10% 5% 4% 3% 3% 4% 3%
Keep the same number of troops in Afghanistan 30% 30% 26% 22% 21% 29% 11%
Withdraw our troops from Afghanistan 47% 56% 64% 64% 66% 57% 76%
Don’t know 14% 9% 7% 11% 10% 10% 10%

64% (no change) think Australia should withdraw our troops from Afghanistan, 22% (down 4%) think we should maintain troop numbers and 3% (down 1%) think we should increase them.

Since October last year, support for withdrawal of Australian troops has increased from 47% to 64%. There was majority support for withdrawal by all voting groups – 57% of Lib/Nat voters, 66% Labor and 76% Greens. Support for withdrawal was also similar across age groups but women were more likely than men to support withdrawal of troops (72% to 55%).

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Troops in Afghanistan

May 9, 2011

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

25 Oct 10 21 Mar 11 Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Increase the number of troops in Afghanistan 10% 5% 6% 4% 8% 1%
Keep the same number of troops in Afghanistan 30% 30% 36% 37% 43% 25%
Withdraw our troops from Afghanistan 47% 56% 48% 49% 41% 65%
Don’t know 14% 9% 11% 10% 8% 9%

42% think that the Australian troops in Afghanistan should be increased or maintained and 48% think Australia should withdraw its troops. This is a significant drop (-8%) in support for withdrawal since this question was last asked in March.

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Troops in Afghanistan

Mar 21, 2011

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%
Don’t know 14% 9% 5% 7% 9%

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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Leader and Party most trusted to handle the war in Afghanistan

Oct 25, 2010

Q. Which leader and party would you trust most to handle our involvement in the war in Afghanistan?

Julia Gillard and the Labor Party 33%
Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party 32%
Bob Brown and the Greens 7%
Don’t know 28%

Respondents were split over which leader and party they would trust most to handle our involvement in the war in Afghanistan. 33% prefer Julia Gillard and the Labor Party and 32% prefer Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party.

Those aged 55+ prefer the Liberal Party over the Labor Party 40% to 34%.

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Holding centre ground can be war

Oct 12, 2010

First Published on The Drum 12/10/2010

Attempting to manage public confidence in the war in Afghanistan, the Labor Party is exposing its left flank in a way that calls into question three decades of political centrism.

These are challenging times for the ALP, with minority control in Canberra, hand-wringing election post mortems and flagging state administrations around the nation. A key theme appears to be ‘Labor has lost its way’.

But what is the ALP way? Since at least the Whitlam era, Labor orthodoxy has been that the occupation of the centre ground was a precondition for electoral success. Careers were built on the tough work of shifting Labor from ideological dogma to more pragmatic policies.

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