Essential Report

Gap between rich and poor

Apr 28, 2015

Q. In your view is the gap between rich and poor in Australia getting bigger or smaller?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Getting bigger 70% 80% 56% 86% 82%
Getting smaller 5% 4% 8% 7% 4%
Staying about the same 17% 9% 30% 5% 9%
Don’t know 8% 7% 6% 2% 5%

70% think that the gap between rich and poor in Australia is getting bigger. Only 5% think it is getting smaller and 17% think it is staying much the same.

A majority of all voter groups think it is getting bigger.

There were not major differences across income groups. 70% of those on incomes over $1,600 pw think the gap is getting bigger.

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