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Australians support joining US airstrikes in Syria

Finding No. 5828 – This special snap SMS Morgan Poll was conducted with a representative cross-section of 1,206 Australian electors today, Wednesday September 24, 2014. They were asked “Do you support Australia joining the US airstrikes in Syria?”

A special snap SMS Morgan Poll shows a majority of Australians (58.5%) support Australia joining US-led airstrikes in Syria and 41.5% do not support. Today’s special SMS Morgan Poll was conducted with a cross-section of 1,206 Australians.

Analysis by Voting Preference

Analysing the results by voting preference shows support for Australia joining the US-led airstrikes in Syria from Liberal voters (75% support cf. 25% against) and National voters (70% support cf. 30% against) while a majority of ALP voters are against (54%) cf. approve (46%). Greens voters are clearly against joining US-led airstrikes in Syria (79.5% against cf. 20.5% support).

Analysis by Gender

Analysis by gender shows a clear gender split with men heavily in support and women evenly split:

  • Men: Support (68%) cf. against (32%);

  • Women: Support (49.5%) cf. against (50.5%).

Analysis by Age

Analysing by age shows younger Australians (under 35) against joining US-led airstrikes in Syria while older Australians (35+) show strong support:

  • 18-24yr olds: Against (56%) cf. support (44%);

  • 25-34yr olds: Against (53.5%) cf. support (46.5%);

  • 35-49yr olds: Support (61%) cf. against (39%);

  • 50-64yr olds: Support (60%) cf. against (40%);

  • 65+yr olds: Support (69%) cf. against (31%).

Gary Morgan says:

“A majority (58.5%) of Australians support Australia joining US airstrikes in Syria according to a special snap SMS Morgan Poll conducted today. Support is strongest amongst Liberal voters (75% support) and National voters (70% support) while both ALP voters (56% against) and Greens voters (79.5% against) are opposed to the idea.

“Support for joining US airstrikes in Syria (58.5%) is slightly higher than for sending 600 Australian troops to Iraq (54% support last week, September 15, 2014). Analysing the results closely show there are similar splits along party-lines, and also with age and gender.

“Support for joining US airstrikes in Syria is much stronger amongst men (68% support cf. 32% against), while women are evenly split (49.5% support cf. 50.5% against). Older Australians aged 35+ clearly support the idea and Australians aged 18-34 are opposed.”

Finding No. 5828 – This special snap SMS Morgan Poll was conducted with a representative cross-section of 1,206 Australian electors today, Wednesday September 24, 2014. They were asked Do you support Australia joining the US airstrikes in Syria?”

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Question:

Australian Electors were asked (September 24, 2014): “Do you support Australia joining the US airstrikes in Syria?

Australian Electors were asked (September 15, 2014): “Do you approve or disapprove of the decision to send 600 Australian troops to Iraq?”

Previous question asked in May 1965: “Do you approve or disapprove of the decision to send 800 Australian troops to South Vietnam?”

Previous question asked in 1990, 1991, 2002 and 2003: “About Australians being part of an American military force used to depose Saddam Hussein, do you approve or disapprove of Australians being part of the American military force?”

 

Australian Troop deployments – Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraq War, Iraq (2014)

 

Vietnam War

Gulf War (1991)

Iraq War (2003)

Iraq (2014)

Syria

(2014)

 

May
1965*

Dec
1990*

Feb
1991*

Sep
2002*

Dec
2002*

Mar 24-25,
2003*

Sep 15,
2014

Sep 24,
2014

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Approve/Yes

58.5

57

72

43

46

52

54

58.5

Disapprove/ No

41.5

43

28

57

54

48

46

41.5

Total

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

*Undecided electors in May 1965 (11%); December 1990 (5%); February 1991 (3%); September 2002 (6%); December 2002 (3%); March 19-20, 2003 (5%) & March 24-25, 2003 (3.5%).

Voting Preference

 

Total

Electors

Liberal

National

ALP

Greens

Other

Can’t say

Non
Electors

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

58.5

57.5

75

70

46

20.5

56.5

62

62.5

No

41.5

42.5

25

30

54

79.5

43.5

38

37.5

Total

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

Age & Gender

 

Total

Gender

Age

Men

Women

18-24

25-34

35-49

50-64

65+

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

58.5

68

49.5

44

46.5

61

60

69

No

41.5

32

50.5

56

53.5

39

40

31

Total

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

 

State & City/ Country

 

 

State

Region

 

Total

NSW

VIC

QLD

WA

SA

TAS

City

Country

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Yes

58.5

59

59

60

58.5

49

51.5

56.5

61

No

41.5

41

41

40

41.5

51

48.5

43.5

39

Total

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

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Margin of Error

The margin of error to be allowed for in any estimate depends mainly on the number of interviews on which it is based. The following table gives indications of the likely range within which estimates would be 95% likely to fall, expressed as the number of percentage points above or below the actual estimate. The figures are approximate and for general guidance only, and assume a simple random sample. Allowance for design effects (such as stratification and weighting) should be made as appropriate.

Sample Size

Percentage Estimate

40%-60%

25% or 75%

10% or 90%

5% or 95%

1,000

±3.2

±2.7

±1.9

±1.4