Gap between rich and poor

Oct 14, 2014

Q. In the past 10 years, do you think the gap between rich people and everyone else in Australia has increased, decreased or stayed about the same?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Income less than $600 pw

Income $600-$1,000 pw

Income $1,000-$1,600 pw

Income over $1,600 pw

Total increased

72%

86%

58%

81%

79%

81%

73%

76%

67%

Total decreased

2%

1%

3%

2%

2%

3%

4%

2%

1%

Increased a lot

38%

50%

26%

34%

54%

50%

39%

36%

33%

Increased a little

34%

36%

32%

47%

25%

31%

34%

40%

34%

Stayed much the same

20%

11%

33%

10%

12%

10%

17%

16%

28%

Decreased a little

2%

1%

3%

1%

1%

2%

2%

2%

1%

Decreased a lot

*

*

1%

1%

1%

2%

*

Don’t know

7%

2%

5%

6%

8%

7%

6%

7%

4%

72% think that the gap between rich people and everyone else in Australia has increased over the past ten years. Only 22% think it has decreased or stayed the same.

Those most likely to think it had increased were Labor voters (86%) Greens voters (81%), aged 55+ (77%) and those earning less than $600 pw (81%).

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