TRENDS: What is “rich”?

Mar 19, 2012

Australians agree with Wayne Swan – we do have a class-based society with families on $160,000 a year considered “rich”

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 Well Off

Mar 12, 2012

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

What annual income level would you say was the minimum to be “well off” 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

9%

15%

7%

5%

1%

2%

*

1%

$60,000

26%

28%

31%

23%

6%

13%

5%

2%

$80,000

28%

25%

27%

33%

15%

21%

17%

10%

$100,000

19%

15%

20%

24%

17%

19%

19%

15%

$120,000

7%

5%

6%

9%

16%

12%

19%

17%

$150,000

3%

3%

3%

5%

21%

16%

18%

29%

$200,000

1%

*

1%

1%

12%

5%

14%

18%

$300,000

1%

2%

*

1%

3%

3%

2%

5%

$500,000

*

*

1%

2%

3%

1%

1%

$1 million

1%

1%

1%

1%

1%

1%

1%

Don’t know

5%

6%

4%

1%

5%

5%

4%

1%

median

$69,000

$63,000

$67,000

$73,000

$111,000

$93,000

$107,000

$123,000

63% think that a single person earning $80,000 would be considered “well off”. The average (median) minimum income for a single person to be considered “well off” was $69,000.

55% think that a family earning $120,000 would be considered “well off”. The average (median) minimum income for a family to be considered “well off” was $111,000.

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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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