Some highlights from the latest polling out by Harris-Decima (PDF news release) for the Canadian Press:
Canadians remain more opposed than supportive of the government’s commitment to have troops in Afghanistan. Nationally, 56% are opposed, basically unchanged since measured in May (54%). Currently, 37% support the mission, including 9% who strongly support it. No region finds a majority supporting the mission.
Canadians still more inclined to feel the troops should stay to the 2011 end date. A slight majority (55%) feel that our troops should stay at least to the end date in 2011, including 10% who feel the troops should remain beyond that date. These numbers are also unchanged since May.
The idea of having a civilian mission replace the military one in 2011 finds more support than opposition. Nationally, 49% would support such a mission, while 40% would be opposed to it.
Each week, Harris/Decima interviews just over 1000 Canadians through teleVox, the company’s national telephone omnibus survey. These data were gathered between October 15 and October 19 2009. A sample of the same size has a margin of error of 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.
If you believe one of the theories behind the reason for the Mission Messaging Mambo by politicians, this appears to be more ammunition for those wanting a bit of a civvy presence post-2011.
More from the Canadian Press here.