Extending Iraq mission to combat Islamic State boosts Harper’s image

Polls have repeatedly shown a majority of Canadians favour the contribution to the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State. But a new Angus Reid Institute survey suggests that support doesn’t mean Canadians are gung-ho.

While there are twice as many Canadians who support the mission as oppose it (54 per cent to 28 per cent), it’s far closer when they’re asked whether they want to extend the mission – 56 per cent want to see Parliament extend the mission, but 44 per cent don’t.