Essential Report

Liberal Party and Social Class

Nov 29, 2016

Q. Whose interests do you think the Liberal 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 3%   4% 4% 3% 2%   4% 2%   5% 4% 4%
Middle class 17%   7% 32% 8% 8%   13% 20%   20% 17% 15%
Upper class 52%   77% 29% 73% 60%   55% 54%   40% 47% 53%
All of them 10%   2% 21% 1% 9%   7% 11%   17% 14% 12%
None of them 8%   4% 7% 4% 16%   10% 6%   8% 8% 4%
Don’t know 11%   5% 7% 12% 6%   12% 6%   9% 11% 11%

 

52% believe that the Liberal Party mainly represents upper class people and 17% think they represent the middle class. 77% of Labor voters and 73% of Greens voters think the Liberal Party mainly represent the upper class. 32% of Liberal/National voters think they represent the middle class and 29% think they represent the upper class.

55% of respondents who describe themselves as working class and 54% of those who say they are middle class think the Liberal Party mainly represents the upper class.

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

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