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Howard's support drops over Iraq mission: poll

AFP , SYDNEY

Support for Australian Prime Minister John Howard's decision to go to war in Iraq has dropped sharply, with two-thirds of voters now believing the mission was not worth it, a poll showed yesterday.

Support has fallen even among government supporters, according to a Newspoll conducted for the Weekend Australian.

Australia currently has some 900 troops in Iraq after backing the 2003 US-led invasion.

In total, 66 percent of Australians polled said they did not believe it was worth going to war against former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's regime -- up from 58 percent a year ago and 45 percent in February last year.

Just 27 percent of voters said they still supported the invasion, against 32 percent at the same time last year and 46 percent in February last year.

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