Essential Report

Gap between rich and poor

May 6, 2014

Q.  In the past 10 years, do you believe the gap between the rich and everyone else has increased, decreased or stayed the same?

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total increased

77%

84%

68%

87%

80%

Total decreased

3%

1%

4%

1%

6%

Increased a lot

47%

58%

32%

56%

58%

Increased a little

30%

26%

36%

31%

22%

Stayed the same

15%

11%

23%

8%

12%

Decreased a little

2%

1%

4%

1%

3%

Decreased a lot

1%

3%

Don’t know

5%

5%

5%

4%

3%

Over three-quarters (77%) of Australians believe that the gap between the rich and everyone else has increased. Just 3% believe it has decreased.

Labor (84%) and Greens (87%) voters were more likely to think that it had increased, while Lib/Nat voters were less likely (68%).

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