Abbott's political task over Iraq is just beginning

There is much stronger support for the Iraq intervention in 2014 than in 2003, but that could change quickly.

There is short term reassurance for Prime Minister Abbott in the Galaxy poll published over the weekend showing that 62 per cent support Australian air strikes against ISIL in Iraq, though this is likely to provide less comfort in the longer term. 

Only 21 per cent of voters are currently against Australia joining that air campaign, so it would seem at first glance to be a popular intervention. However, the Abbott government’s task in keeping that figure low will be a difficult one.

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