Essential Report

Government action to reduce gap between rich and poor

Oct 14, 2014

Q. How much, if anything, should the Government do to reduce the gap between the rich and everyone else?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Income less than $600 pw

Income $600-$1,000 pw

Income $1,000-$1,600 pw

Income over $1,600 pw

Total a lot/some

64%

78%

51%

69%

80%

67%

70%

65%

61%

A lot

30%

47%

13%

31%

40%

39%

37%

29%

24%

Some

34%

31%

38%

38%

40%

28%

33%

36%

37%

Not much

16%

10%

25%

18%

7%

13%

12%

17%

19%

Nothing at all

7%

6%

12%

3%

3%

4%

9%

8%

10%

Don’t know

12%

7%

12%

10%

10%

17%

10%

10%

10%

64% think that the Government should do a lot or some to reduce the gap between the rich and everyone else.

Those most likely to think the Government should act were Labor voters (78%), other voters (80%), aged under 35 (68%) and those earning $600-$1,000 pw (70%).

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