Joe Hockey might have just found a way to broaden the Coalition's political base.
The latest Essential poll shows young people and Greens voters are responding well to his push to allow first home buyers to get early access to super to buy houses.
The Coalition's traditional sources of support - high earners and Australians aged over 45 - are far less impressed.
The poll has traditional Coalition voters rejecting the idea 47 per cent to 42 per cent. Labor voters reject the idea 52 to 38. Supporters of independents and very minor parties oppose it 49 to 39. But Greens voters back it 50 per cent to 32 per cent. Australians under the age of 45 back it and Australians under the age of 24 back it very strongly.
"We are seeing a classic age divide," said Essential Media director Peter Lewis.
"Young Australians can see something in it for them, older Australians are more worried about the stability of the superannuation system."
Mr Hockey says similar schemes work well in Switzerland, Singapore and Canada. In Canada first home buyers can withdraw up to $25,000 from their super fund on the proviso that they pay it back in equal instalments over the next 15 years.
Coalition frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull has attacked the idea as "thoroughly bad" saying it is not what superannuation was meant to achieve. Coalition senator Cory Bernardi said it would appeal to young people who "lacked the commitment to save".
Labor's treasury spokesman Chris Bowen said it would eat away retirement income.
The Essential poll shows 49 per cent of adults under the age of 24 support the idea only only 35 per cent oppose it. University-educated Australians support it 45 to 44, low-income Australians 46 to 45. Australians aged 65 and over overwhelmingly reject the idea 64 to 34. High earners reject it 53 to 36.
Taken together, Australians reject the idea 46 to 41, with 13 per cent undecided.
The poll found very few Australians had heard much about the intergenerational report the treasurer launched amid discussion about the role of super.
Forty-five per cent had heard nothing at all, 11 per cent were not sure, 25 per cent had heard a little and and only 5 per cent a lot.