Opinion on extension:
Support for an extension is lowest in Quebec (66% to 27%), which clearly plays well for the Bloc.
Bad news for the Conservatives, a 2 to 1 margin believe the government has failed to explain the mission (61% to 31%).
For the Liberals, it would appear the political support for an extension isn't reflective of supporters opinions. When Liberal voters are asked their opinion:
Strongly agree with extension 11%
Moderately agree 24%
Moderately disagree 20%
Strongly disagree 43%
Only 35% of Liberal supporters agree with the extension, a full 63% disagree. By comparison, Conservative supporters are on side 72% to 25%. It would appear the Liberal support is vulnerable on this issue, the potential for other parties to peel off voters.
A curious result, despite Canadians disapproval of the extension, they still believe our presence is a good thing in Afghanistan:
Benefiting Afghans 59%
Not Benefiting 27%
Maybe, the best way to reconcile the results, is that Canadians still see this as a military mission, and they don't support that concept.
My own instincts assumed support would be higher for the extension, simply as a function of the perceived compromise, the main players in agreement. However, that union would appear to have no bearing on public opinion, and now that the ownership is somewhat shared, both parties have a long way to go to make their case with voters.