Despite the fact that three Danish soldiers have been killed and five wounded in Afghanistan in the past 10 days, Danes are positive towards operations in the country, according to a Megafon poll for Politiken and TV2 News.
The poll says that 50 percent of those asked want Danish soldiers to continue their presence in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, while only 39 percent want their forces home.
In comparison, only 24 percent of Britons want to keep forces in Afghanistan with a full 68 percent wanting a withdrawal. Danish troops are fighting alongside British troops in Afghanistan’s unruly Helmand Province.
Megafon also asked whether killed or wounded soldiers would have an effect on demands for withdrawal. Forty-two percent said this would only have a marginal effect.
Gender differences were apparent in the poll. Forty-five percent of women wanted troops home, while 40 percent supported operations. Among men, 32 percent wanted withdrawal while 60 percent wanted to keep troops in Afghanistan.
The only group to oppose Denmark’s operations in Afghanistan was the 50-59 age group of which 45 percent wanted to withdraw troops and while 40 percent wanted Danish troops to continue.