Essential Report

Change for classes

Nov 29, 2016

Q. Do you think life for the following groups of people has improved or got worse over the last few years?

  Improved Stayed about the same Got worse Don’t know
Total        
The upper class 57% 26% 5% 12%
The middle class 12% 41% 36% 11%
The working class 8% 24% 58% 11%
Working class        
The upper class 72% 14% 3% 11%
The middle class 18% 41% 30% 11%
The working class 7% 16% 69% 8%
Middle class        
The upper class 51% 34% 6% 8%
The middle class 8% 44% 42% 6%
The working class 7% 29% 56% 8%

57% think that life for the upper class has improved over the last few years and 58% think life for the working class has got worse. They were split over changes in life for the middle class – 41% think it has stayed about the same and 36% think it has got worse.

Those who identify as working class were more likely to think life had improved for the upper class (72%) and got worse for the working class (69%).

Those who identify as middle class were only a little more likely to think life for the middle class had got worse (42%).

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