Ontarians want civilian role in Afghanistan: Poll

A slight majority of Canadians are comfortable with the idea of thecountry remaining involved in Afghanistan post-2011, but in a civilianrole and not with combat troops, a new poll suggests.

A slight majority of Canadians are comfortable with the idea of the country remaining involved in Afghanistan post-2011, but in a civilian role and not with combat troops, a new poll suggests.

The findings of The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey appear to be in lockstep with the Conservative government’s approach to the mission, which is to bring the troops home in late 2011 and steer efforts toward diplomacy and development.

A national survey found 49 per cent of those asked either supported or strongly supported a continued civilian commitment to the under-developed, war-racked country, while 40 per cent were opposed. The rest were uncertain or had no opinion.

Support for a renewed civilian mission was highest among respondents in Alberta, at 57 per cent, and followed closely by Ontario, where 53 per cent of those surveyed said they supported it.

Quebec and Atlantic Canada appeared cool to the idea and a majority of respondents in those regions even favoured bringing the troops home earlier than 2011. The results are interesting, especially since support for the military in almost everything it does is routinely highest in Atlantic Canada.

 
 
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