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.

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

Aug 29, 2011

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

25 Oct 2010 21 Mar 2011 Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Increase the number of troops in Afghanistan 10% 5% 4% 5% 3% 3%
Keep the same number of troops in Afghanistan 30% 30% 26% 26% 32% 15%
Withdraw our troops from Afghanistan 47% 56% 64% 61% 60% 75%
Don’t know 14% 9% 7% 7% 5% 6%

64% (up 8%) think Australia should withdraw our troops from Afghanistan, 26% (down 4%) think we should maintain troop numbers and 4% (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 – 60% of Lib/Nat voters, 61% labor and 75% Greens. Support for withdrawal was also similar across age, gender and income.

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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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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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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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Troops in Afghanistan

Oct 11, 2010

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

Total

11 Oct 10

Labor Liberal Greens 21 June 10 March 09
Increase the number of troops in Afghanistan 13% 10% 20% 6% 7% 14%
Keep the same number of troops in Afghanistan 24% 26% 29% 14% 24% 24%
Withdraw our troops from Afghanistan 49% 50% 41% 73% 61% 50%
Don’t know 14% 14% 10% 7% 8% 12%

49% of respondents believe Australia should withdraw our troops from Afghanistan, 24% think we should keep the same number and 13% think the numbers should be increased.

Support for withdrawal has dropped from the 61% recorded in June but is similar to the result recorded in March last year.

50% of Labor voters and 73% of Greens voters support withdrawal but 49% of Liberal/National voters favour maintaining or increasing the number of troops.

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