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(07/13/07) -

Australians Divided About Troops in Iraq

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – People in Australia have different opinions on what the government should do with soldiers serving in Iraq, according to a Newspoll published in The Australian. 31 per cent of respondents think the troops should remain there for as long as the Iraqi government wants them to stay, while 26 per cent would set a date for their withdrawal.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – People in Australia have different opinions on what the government should do with soldiers serving in Iraq, according to a Newspoll published in The Australian. 31 per cent of respondents think the troops should remain there for as long as the Iraqi government wants them to stay, while 26 per cent would set a date for their withdrawal.

In addition, 23 per cent of respondents would be in favour of recalling the troops immediately, while 14 per cent want to bring all soldiers home by mid-2008.

The coalition effort against Saddam Hussein’s regime was launched in March 2003. At least 3,894 coalition soldiers—including two Australians—have died during the military operation. Australian prime minister John Howard originally committed 2,000 troops to the war, but currently keeps about 550 soldiers in the Persian Gulf.

On Jul. 10, Howard reiterated his will to maintain the troops in Iraq for the time being, saying, “We believe that if the coalition were to pull out of Iraq in circumstances perceived as defeat, then that would be very destabilizing for the region. It would be a huge victory for the terrorists and it would be against Australia’s national interests.”

Polling Data

Now about the Australian troops in Iraq and how long they should remain there, which one of these options do you personally most agree with?

The troops remaining in Iraq for as long
as the Iraqi government wants them to stay

31%

Setting a future definite date
to bring the troops home

26%

Bringing the troops home immediately

23%

Bringing the troops home by mid-2008

14%

Uncommitted

6%

Source: Newspoll / The Australian
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,205 Australian adults, conducted from Jul. 6 to Jul. 8, 2007. Margin of error is 3 per cent.