Voters are backing the government's nanny subsidy pilot program, today's Essential Report shows, but are split on taking retaliatory action against Indonesia for the executions of two of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

According to the poll, 43% of voters approve of the government's program to subsidise nannies for families who can't access mainstream childcare services, while 31% don't approve. Liberal voters are the strongest supporters, splitting 52%-29%, but Labors voters split 42%-34% and Greens voters 37%-33% with only other voters, on balance, disapproving, 37%-38%. Significantly for Tony Abbott, a politician especially disliked by women, women split 47%-25% compared to 39%-37% for men, though over-55s, who tend to be strongly aligned with the Coalition, disapprove 44%-35%, making this a policy that reaches out to Abbott's opponents while ignoring his base.