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WAR WITH IRAQ | IN BRIEF/AUSTRALIA

Support for War Increases to 50%

March 25, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

The number of Australians supporting the U.S.-led war against Iraq outweighs opponents for the first time, according to a poll released today.

The Newspoll survey of 1,200 people for The Australian newspaper found support for military action rose to 50% from 45%, with more backing from women, younger people and opposition supporters.

The percentage of people opposing Australia's involvement in the war fell to 42% from 47% in a similar poll conducted on the eve of the conflict. Australia has 2,000 military personnel in the Persian Gulf.

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