Nearly half of all voters have no opinion on double dissolution election: poll
Nearly half of voters are ambivalent about the prospect of a double dissolution election triggered by the Senate rejection of the building watchdog.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has threatened to hold a poll on July 2 if the Senate again rejects the Government's plans to resurrect the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).
But despite the PM claiming that re-establishing the ABCC is so crucial that it warrants a double dissolution to pass it, a survey indicates the issue has not registered on voters' radar.
An Essential Research weekly online poll reveals a total of 44 per cent of those surveyed did not know if they approved or disapproved of the Federal Government calling a double dissolution election over the ABCC.
The survey was conducted last weekend, before Mr Turnbull announced his ultimatum to the Senate crossbenchers to pass the Government's legislation.
Survey respondents were asked: "If the Senate rejects the bill to restore the ABCC, or the Senate fails to pass it, would you approve or disapprove the Government calling a double-dissolution election?"
Thirty-four per cent of respondents approved, 22 per cent disapproved and 44 per cent said they did not know.
More Labor voters approve of re-establishing the ABCC than oppose it
The survey also asked if people supported or opposed the re-establishment of the ABCC.
Forty-nine per cent said they neither supported or opposed it, or did not have an opinion.
Historically it is rare for issues that trigger double dissolution elections to become themes for an election campaign.
But the survey results show that most of the public does not know about the building watchdog, or the mechanism by which the Prime Minister is threatening to force voters to the ballot box.
Of those who did have an opinion, most supported re-establishing the ABCC, including those who identified themselves as Labor voters (27 per cent support, 26 per cent oppose, 25 per cent neither support nor oppose) or Greens voters (23 per cent support, 20 per cent oppose and 37 per cent neither support nor oppose).
Voters were also asked if former prime minister Tony Abbott should stay or resign from Parliament.
Forty-seven per cent said he should resign from Parliament, 33 per cent said he should stay in Parliament, and 19 per cent said they did not know.
The online survey was based on 1,003 respondents and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The poll's results
Q: The Government plans to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission to address claims of union militancy in the construction industry.
The ABCC's powers included preventing any person from revealing they had been forced to give testimony to the Commission, and overriding a person's right to silence.
Do you support or oppose re-establishing the ABCC?
|Total||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat||Vote Greens||Vote other||Oct 2013|
|Neither support nor oppose||27%||25%||23%||37%||33%||23%|
Q: If the Senate rejects the bill to restore the ABCC, or the Senate fails to pass it, would you approve or disapprove the Government calling a double dissolution election?
|Total||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat||Vote Greens||Vote other|
Source: ABC News