Canadians oppose Afghan mission extension

But controversy over detainees not hurting Conservatives

Slightly more than a quarter, or 28 per cent, of Canadians would support extending Canada’s mission in Afghanistan past 2011, while the mission itself has the support of 36 per cent of Canadians. Meanwhile, opposition to the mission in Afghanistan appears to have hardened. Echoing the results of a poll from last summer, a full 54 per cent of Canadians don’t want Canadian troops involved in the war and 60 per cent oppose extending its end date past July 2011. Opposition to the mission was fiercest in Ontario and Quebec and support was strongest in the Prairies. But while controversy over operations in Afghanistan, specifically detainee transfers, continue to dog the federal government, support for the Conservatives gained 1.4 points over the past week to end up at 33.6 per cent, while the Liberals polled at 27.3 per cent, the NDP at 15.9 and the Greens at 11.7.

CBC News

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