47 percent of people surveyed in an ITV News/ComRes poll do not understand why fuel tanker drivers are threatening to strike.
However, the same proportion believes that the fuel tanker drivers are right to threaten to strike over their demands concerning safety standards.
42 percent of respondents agreed that fuel tanker drivers should be treated in the same way as essential services such as the Police or the Army and banned from going on strike. The same proportion disagreed.
A third of people (33 percent) surveyed in an ITV News/ComRes poll say they have had trouble getting fuel for their vehicles
32 percent intend to keep their vehicle topped up irrespective of strike announcements.
It suggests a lack of trust in Government announcements on the situation.
77 percent of people surveyed in an ITV News/ComRes poll agree that the Government is responsible for causing unnecessary panic over the threatened fuel tanker strike.
Only 12 percent said they think the Government handled the strike threat in a responsible way.
72 percent of people surveyed in an ITV News/ComRes poll disagree that David Cameron was right to advise people to take any "opportunity to top up" their fuel tanks.
Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey has welcomed the move towards resolution, after conciliatory service Acas announced they would hold talks on the tanker fuel strike, this Wednesday. Mr McCluskey said:
"We welcome this development and thank Acas for their efforts to pull both sides together. We believe these matters can be resolved through meaningful negotiations. But to give these talks a chance of success, there must be an immediate end to mischievous briefing against the drivers.
– Len McCluskey, General Secretary, Unite
"These talks must be given the best chance of succeeding. The issues facing this industry are serious. It is beholden on all parties now to work constructively to solve them."
The Retail Motor Industry's Chairman, Brian Madderson has written in a letter to the Energy Secretary saying that petrol retailers have had their confidence "abruptly shaken", following the recent fuel crisis. Mr Madderson told Ed Davey:
Independent petrol retailers across the UK have had their confidence shaken by the Government's inability to manage the issue of a potential industrial dispute by Unite affiliated tanker drivers.
– Brian Madderson, Chairman RMI Petrol
It is now very clear to the public and to the media that the Government created a crisis out of a concern, with some ill-conceived recommendations and complete lack of engagement with industry to prepare for possible strike action".
The conciliation service Acas has issued a statement confirming talks on the tanker fuel dispute will be held on Wednesday 4 April.
Their Chief Conciliator, Peter Harwood, said that the talks will be "flexible" to move towards a resolution.
The conciliation service has been in contact over the past few days with the Unite union and the seven distribution firms involved in the row.
The conciliatory service Acas has announced that talks aimed at resolving the fuel tanker drivers' dispute will be held on Wednesday.