Essential Report

Housing affordability

Jul 4, 2017

Q. Do you think housing in your area is affordable or unaffordable for someone on an average income?

Support by party preference Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other Capital Cities Regional NSW VIC June 2015
Affordable 25%   27% 26% 23% 24% 21% 32% 17% 27% 33%
Unaffordable 66%   67% 67% 67% 63% 72% 56% 76% 68% 60%
Don’t know 9%   6% 7% 10% 12% 7% 12% 7% 5% 7%

25% thought that housing in their area is affordable for someone on an average income (down 8% since June 2015), and 66% thought it is unaffordable (up 6%).

Those most likely to think housing was unaffordable were those from NSW (76%), those aged 45-54 (75%) and 55-64 (73%), and those earning less than $31k per year (72%).

Those most likely to think housing is affordable were South Australians (36%) and Queenslanders (30%).

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

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