Social Class Identification

Aug 26, 2014

Q. Do you consider yourself –

  

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/
Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Income under $600
pw

Income $600 – $1,000
pw

Income $1,000 – $1,600
pw

Income $1,600+

 

April 2013

Working class

31%

36%

27%

24%

38%

39%

42%

32%

24%

33%

Middle class

49%

46%

58%

51%

39%

29%

36%

54%

64%

53%

Upper class

2%

2%

1%

1%

3%

2%

*

1%

3%

2%

None of them

13%

11%

10%

16%

17%

25%

17%

10%

6%

10%

Don’t know

6%

5%

3%

8%

3%

5%

5%

4%

4%

3%

49% of respondents described themselves as “middle class” and 31% as “working class” – only 2% claimed to be “upper class”.

Those on higher incomes were more likely to identify as “middle class” while those on lower incomes were less likely to identify with any of these descriptions.

The results are not substantially different from those when this question was asked last year.

Parties and social class

Apr 2, 2013

Q. Whose interests do you think the Labor Party mainly represent?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Working class

Middle class

Working class

30%

43%

28%

25%

27%

34%

Middle class

16%

24%

8%

36%

18%

17%

Upper class

13%

4%

17%

10%

17%

10%

All of them

8%

19%

3%

12%

5%

10%

None of them

22%

3%

35%

7%

19%

22%

Don’t know

11%

7%

10%

9%

13%

7%

30% believe that the Labor Party mainly represents working class people and 22% don’t think they represent any class. 43% of Labor voters think the Labor Party mainly represents the working class and 36% of Greens voters think they mainly represent the middle class. 35% of Liberal/National voters don’t think they represent any class.

27% of respondents who describe themselves as working class and 34% of those who say they are middle class think the Labor Party mainly represents the working class. 35% of those who say they are working class think the Labor Party mainly represents the middle or upper classes.

Social Class Identification

Mar 12, 2012

Q. Do you consider yourself –

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Income under $600pw

Income $600 – $1,000pw

Income $1,000 – $1,600pw

Income $1,600+

Working class

34%

41%

30%

24%

40%

44%

40%

22%

Middle class

50%

46%

54%

64%

31%

36%

52%

69%

Upper class

1%

*

1%

*

1%

2%

None of them

12%

11%

12%

12%

27%

18%

6%

5%

Don’t know

3%

2%

2%

1%

2%

1%

1%

50% of respondents described themselves as “middle class” and 34% as “working class” – only 1% claimed to be “upper class”.

Those on higher incomes were more likely to identify as “middle class” while those on lower incomes were less likely to identify with any of these descriptions.

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