Coalition voters are split on whether they would defect to a new conservative party if its members included former prime minister Tony Abbott, today's Essential Report reveals.

While conservative politicians like Cory Bernardi and George Christensen toy with the idea of a new party in a bid to lure back Coalition voters defecting to One Nation and Abbott continues to snipe and undermine, the report shows that 41% of Coalition voters would likely vote for the new party, while 41% would be unlikely to. Those who vote for parties other than Labor, the Coalition, and the Greens (such as One Nation) are unlikely to vote for the new party, with 63% saying they wouldn't vote for the party, versus 25% who say they would.