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Afghan war loses support in Canada, U.S.

TORONTO, March 3 (UPI) -- Opposition to the war in Afghanistan is higher in Britain and Canada than the United States, with at least 60 percent against it, a poll indicated Thursday.

U.S. respondents to a poll by Vision Critical/Angus Reid were divided on the military effort. While 47 percent said they support the operation, 46 percent were opposed.

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Support has dropped in the United States. A year ago, 58 percent said they were in favor of the Afghan effort while 38 percent opposed it.

In Briton, 60 percent said they oppose the war while 31 percent support it, numbers that have changed little in more than a year.

Almost two-thirds, 63 percent, of Canadians said they oppose the war, while only 32 percent support it, a new low. Last year, 47 percent supported the war.

Albertans were most likely to back Afghan operations, but even there only 43 percent said they support it. In Quebec, 75 percent oppose the war.

Vision Critical, based in Toronto conducted the poll on line from Feb. 22 to Feb. 28, surveying 1,022 Angus Reid Forum panelists in Canada, 1,006 Springboard America panelists and 2,019 members of Springboard UK. The margin of error is 3.1 percentage points for Canada and the United States and 2.1 points for Britain.

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