Opinion is evenly split over the name of Perth's waterfront development, the latest Westpoll shows.
In May, Premier Colin Barnett announced the waterfront would be named Elizabeth Quay in a decision that was criticised as a "missed opportunity" by Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi and sparked extensive community debate.
Mr Barnett said the name was a tribute to the Queen's diamond jubilee and would be a reminder of the barbecue held on the Esplanade for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting last year.
Westpoll found opinion equally divided on the name, with 36 per cent in favour and 36 per cent against. Notably, 28 per cent were undecided, suggesting a degree of apathy over a development that has been debated for decades.
"At first glance it seems that the Premier may have squandered an opportunity to bring the whole community along with him on the foreshore development," pollster Keith Patterson, of Patterson Research Group, said.
"However it may be unlikely that any name would secure clear majority support - it is so much a subjective issue."
Westpoll also sought to gauge support for the development, a 2.7ha inlet carved from the Esplanade, surrounded by a public promenade, shops, cafes, apartments, hotel and office space.
The poll found 41 per cent support for the $2.6 billion project and 36 per cent opposition.
Support was higher for the project among Liberal voters (46 per cent) than Labor voters (36 per cent) but highest among Greens voters at 52 per cent.
"One suspects that if the traffic congestion issue over the reduction in capacity of Riverside Drive cannot be addressed, the level of disquiet over this issue could grow," Mr Patterson said.
City Gatekeepers spokesman Linley Lutton said the results were not surprising. "What we find is the more that you explain to people what the project is about, support tends to fall away," he said.Ms Scaffidi said there was a "track record in Perth of people being unable to accept a vision ahead of its creation".
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