Essential Report

Change in housing affordability

Jul 4, 2017

Q. Do you think housing in your area has become more affordable or less affordable over the last few years?

Support by party preference Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other Capital Cities Regional NSW VIC June 2015
Total more affordable 12%   13% 13% 13% 10% 11% 13% 7% 7% 11%
Total less affordable 72%   74% 73% 74% 70% 76% 66% 82% 81% 75%
A lot more affordable 3%   4% 2% 2% 1% 2% 3% 1% 3% 1%
A little more affordable 9%   9% 11% 11% 9% 9% 10% 6% 4% 10%
A little less affordable 26%   25% 27% 29% 27% 25% 27% 22% 25% 33%
A lot less affordable 46%   49% 46% 45% 43% 51% 39% 60% 56% 42%
No change 9%   7% 9% 6% 16% 7% 12% 5% 6% 10%
Don’t know 7%   5% 5% 6% 5% 6% 9% 5% 6% 5%

 

72% thought that housing in their area has become less affordable over the last few years (up 1% from June 2015) – including 46% who though it was a lot less affordable.

82% of residents of NSW and 81% of Victorians thought housing has become less affordable.

A majority of each demographic group thought that housing has become less affordable.

There was little difference between Labor, Liberal/National and Greens voters on this question.

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