Using Wealth to Influence Opinion and Policy

Mar 12, 2012

QA. The Treasurer Wayne Swan has said some of Australia’s wealthiest individuals are using their wealth to try to influence public opinion and government policy to further their own commercial interests. Do you agree or disagree with the Treasurer’s statement? *

QB. Do you agree or disagree that some of Australia’s wealthiest individuals are using their wealth to try to influence public opinion and government policy to further their own commercial interests. *

 

A. Wayne Swan statement

B. Unattributed statement

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total agree

58%

78%

36%

89%

60%

67%

55%

75%

Total disagree

26%

6%

51%

2%

24%

18%

30%

14%

Strongly agree

24%

38%

9%

54%

27%

36%

15%

50%

Agree

34%

40%

27%

35%

33%

31%

40%

25%

Disagree

15%

4%

29%

2%

12%

5%

15%

3%

Strongly disagree

11%

2%

22%

12%

13%

15%

11%

Don’t know

16%

16%

14%

9%

15%

15%

16%

11%

* each question was asked of half the total sample.

There was similar majority agreement with this statement – that some of Australia’s wealthiest individuals are using their wealth to try to influence public opinion and government policy to further their own commercial interests – whether or not it was attributed to Wayne Swan. When attributed to Wayne Swan 58% agreed and 26% disagreed. When unattributed, 60% agreed and 24% disagreed.

When attributed to Wayne Swan, 78% of Labor voters and 89% of Greens voters agreed but 51% of Liberal/National voters disagreed.

When unattributed, a majority of voters of all parties agreed – although Labor and Greens voters not as strongly.

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Income Level to be Middle Income

Mar 12, 2012

Q. What annual income level would you say was “middle income” for a single person?

What annual income level would you say was “middle income” for a family of 2 parents and 2 children?

 

Single Person

Family

 

Total

Income under $1,000pw

Income $1,000 – $1,600pw

Income $1,600+

Total

Income under $1,000pw

Income $1,000 – $1,600pw

Income $1,600+

Less than $40,000

6%

13%

4%

1%

1%

3%

$40,000-$59,000

31%

35%

34%

28%

7%

14%

5%

2%

$60,000-$79,000

38%

32%

41%

47%

21%

27%

25%

15%

$80,000-$99,000

15%

12%

14%

17%

28%

26%

33%

29%

$100,000-$119,000

3%

2%

4%

3%

20%

14%

21%

26%

$120,000-$149,000

1%

1%

1%

1%

11%

9%

8%

17%

$150,000-$199,000

*

1%

5%

2%

4%

10%

$200,000 or more

*

1%

1%

Don’t know

5%

5%

2%

1%

5%

5%

3%

1%

median

$66,000

$60,000

$65,000

$69,000

$94,000

$83,000

$92,000

$103,000

69% of respondents think that “middle income” for a single person is between $40,00 and $79,000 a year. 38% think it is $60,000-$79,000.

80% of those earning under $1,000 pw think “middle income” for a single person is less than $80,000, while those on more than $1,600 pw are most likely to think it is $60,000-$79,000 (47%). The median (average) income for “middle income” for a single person is $66,000.

Estimates are more broadly spread when it comes to “middle income” families – 69% think it would be between $60,000 and $119,000. 65% think it would be at least $80,000. The median (average) income for “middle income” for a family is $94,000.

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Income Level to be Wealthy

Mar 12, 2012

Q. What annual income level would you say was the minimum to be “wealthy” for a single person?

What annual income level would you say was the minimum to be “wealthy” for a family of 2 parents and 2 children?

Single Person

Family

 

Total

Income under $1,000pw

Income $1,000 – $1,600pw

Income $1,600+

Total

Income under $1,000pw

Income $1,000 – $1,600pw

Income $1,600+

$40,000

2%

3%

1%

1%

1%

$60,000

6%

10%

4%

6%

2%

2%

3%

*

$80,000

15%

17%

20%

10%

4%

7%

3%

2%

$100,000

21%

19%

25%

23%

9%

13%

10%

5%

$120,000

14%

11%

15%

17%

9%

10%

13%

6%

$150,000

17%

18%

13%

22%

19%

17%

22%

20%

$200,000

10%

8%

10%

11%

22%

20%

16%

32%

$300,000

4%

3%

4%

4%

15%

10%

15%

19%

$500,000

4%

3%

6%

3%

9%

9%

11%

7%

$1 million

3%

3%

1%

3%

5%

4%

4%

7%

Don’t know

5%

4%

2%

1%

5%

5%

3%

1%

median

$106,000

$102,000

$98,000

$113,000

$159,000

$146,000

$147,000

$182,000

58% think that a single person earning $120,000 would be considered “wealthy”. The average (median) minimum income for a single person to be considered “wealthy” was $106,000.

66% think that a family earning $200,000 would be considered “wealthy”. The average (median) minimum income for a family to be considered “wealthy” was $159,000.

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Social Class

Mar 12, 2012

Q. Do you believe social classes still exist in Australia? 

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Income under $600pw

Income $600 – $1,000pw

Income $1,000 – $1,600pw

Income $1,600+

Yes

86%

87%

83%

90%

84%

86%

84%

87%

No

8%

8%

11%

3%

5%

7%

10%

8%

Don’t know

7%

5%

6%

7%

10%

7%

7%

5%

86% agreed that social class still exists in Australia – only 8% disagreed. There was little difference across demographic groups – more than 80% of all major groups agreed.

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