War Against Iraq

Jun 24, 2014

Q. It is 11 years since Australia went to war in Iraq. Do you think it was the right or wrong decision for Australia to go to war against Iraq?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

April 2013

Right decision

25%

17%

39%

7%

24%

23%

Wrong decision

50%

57%

38%

69%

55%

51%

Don’t know

25%

25%

23%

24%

22%

26%

50% believe Australia made the wrong decision to go to war in Iraq and 25% think it was the right decision. These results are not significantly different from those when this question was asked in April last year.

Those most likely to say it was the wrong decision were Greens voters (69%), Labor voters (57%) and people aged 55+ (60%).

39% of Liberal/National voters and 29% of men thought it was the right decision.

War against Iraq

Apr 22, 2013

Q. It is now 10 years since Australia went to war in Iraq. Do you think it was the right or wrong decision for Australia to go to war against Iraq?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Right decision

23%

22%

30%

7%

Wrong decision

51%

56%

42%

76%

Don’t know

26%

21%

28%

18%

51% believe Australia made the wrong decision to go to war in Iraq and 23% think it was the right decision.

Those most likely to say it was the wrong decision were Greens voters (76%), Labor voters (56%) and people aged 45-64 (56%).

30% of Liberal/National voters and 30% of men thought it was the right decision.

John Howard’s reason for war against Iraq

Apr 22, 2013

Q.  John Howard has said that regardless of whether Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction or not, the decision was right because it was in Australia’s national interests, and the removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime provided the Iraqi people with opportunities for freedom. Do you agree or disagree?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total agree

44%

35%

58%

16%

Total disagree

37%

50%

23%

58%

Strongly agree

10%

7%

15%

1%

Agree

34%

28%

43%

15%

Disagree

20%

24%

15%

21%

Strongly Disagree

17%

26%

8%

37%

Don’t know

19%

15%

19%

26%

44% agreed and 37% disagreed with John Howard’s argument that regardless of whether Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction or not, the decision was right because it was in Australia’s national interests, and the removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime provided the Iraqi people with opportunities for freedom.

58% of Liberal/National voters agreed while 58% of Greens voters and 50% of Labor voters disagreed.

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