Don’t extend Afghan mission, Canadians say: poll

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CBC News, April 8, 2010

Half of Canadians do not support the country’s military being deployed to Afghanistan, and 60 per cent oppose extending the mission past its current end date of July 2011, a new poll suggests.

The poll, conducted by research firm EKOS and released Thursday exclusively to the CBC, found 36 per cent of respondents supported the mission, though only 28 per cent would be amenable to prolonging it.

The survey, which also inquired about federal voter intentions, asked two questions on the Afghan deployment: “Do you support or oppose Canadian military participation in Afghanistan?” and “Do you oppose or support Canada extending its mission in Afghanistan?”

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