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July 19, 2009

Most Canadians want troops home from Afghanistan: Poll, By Meagan Fitzpatrick, Canwest News Service, July 16, 2009

Canadians are proud of their men and women in uniform and support for the mission in Afghanistan is holding steady, but a majority of Canadians want all of the troops brought home in 2011 when Canada's mission there is due to end, according to the results of a new poll.

In 2008, 37% of those surveyed by Ipsos Reid said all of the troops should be pulled out, while 45% said they should stay for non-combat-related efforts, such as training Afghan security forces.

Now, 52% say all the troops should leave Afghanistan when Canada's commitment there ends in July 2011. Only 27% now say troops should stay to perform non-security-related duties.

"I think it's fair to say that people are expressing the view, to a majority, that it's time to bring the men and women who have been serving, home," said John Wright, senior vice-president of Ipsos Reid.

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