Essential Report

Parties and Social Class

May 17, 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
Working class 4%   5% 6% 3% 1%   6% 2%   5% 4%
Middle class 15%   8% 28% 7% 11%   13% 19%   20% 17%
Upper class 53%   79% 27% 79% 67%   59% 53%   40% 47%
All of them 12%   2% 29% 2% 8%   7% 16%   17% 14%
None of them 4%   2% 3% 5% 11%   4% 3%   8% 8%
Don’t know 11%   5% 7% 4% 3%   10% 7%   9% 11%

 53% believe that the Liberal Party mainly represents upper class people and 15% think they represent the middle class. 79% of Labor voters and Greens voters think the Liberal Party mainly represent the upper class. 28% of Liberal/National voters think they represent the middle class and 29% think they represent all classes.

59% of respondents who describe themselves as working class and 53% of those who say they are middle class think the Liberal Party mainly represents the upper class.

Since this question was asked in August 2014, the proportion thinking that the Liberals represent the upper class has increased from 47% to 53%.

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