Voters are split between Australia keeping its current military commitment to Iraq and pulling out of the country, with little support for the government's flagged "deepening co-operation" with Iraq the war against Islamic State, today's Essential Report shows. During Prime Minister Tony Abbott's summer break visit to Iraq, he said he intended to "deepen our co-operation" with the Iraqi government against Islamic State. But only 11% of voters support any increase in Australia's military commitment to Iraq, which already involves aircraft and special forces troops. Some 37% of voters support retaining our current commitment, but 34% want all Australian forces withdrawn from Iraq.

Only 11% of voters support any increase in our military role -- and they're mostly men, with men and women splitting 15%-7% respectively on the issue. Meantime, the ABC is the country's most trusted major institution despite an ongoing campaign by the Coalition and News Corporation to undermine it. Some 53% of voters say they have some or a lot of trust in the ABC, the same level of trust as the High Court, although 20% say they have a lot of trust in the ABC, compared to 17% for the High Court. That compares to 54% for the ABC and 57% for the High Court in July 2013. The Reserve Bank continues to be the third most trusted institution, on 49%. At the other end, the least trusted institutions are political parties (14%), religious organisations (22%), business groups and trade unions (23%).