Essential Report

Labor Party and Social Class

Nov 29, 2016

Q. Whose interests do you think the Labor Party mainly represent?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Working class Middle class   Apr

2013

Aug 2014 May 2016
Working class 41%   52% 46% 33% 28%   43% 43%   30% 41% 39%
Middle class 16%   23% 11% 29% 12%   11% 21%   16% 14% 17%
Upper class 7%   2% 8% 9% 16%   13% 4%   13% 8% 10%
All of them 6%   10% 4% 11% 3%   4% 7%   8% 8% 8%
None of them 17%   4% 23% 6% 33%   16% 17%   22% 16% 13%
Don’t know 13%   9% 8% 12% 9%   13% 8%   11% 13% 13%

41% believe that the Labor Party mainly represents working class people and 16% think they represent the middle class. 52% of Labor voters think the Labor Party mainly represents the working class and 29% of Greens voters think they mainly represent the middle class. 23% of Liberal/National voters don’t think they represent any class.

43% of respondents who describe themselves as working class and 43% of those who say they are middle class think the Labor Party mainly represents the working class.

The results are not substantially different from those when this question was asked in 2014 and earlier in 2016.

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