Essential Report

Social Class

Nov 29, 2016

Q. Do you believe social classes still exist in Australia? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Income under $1,000pw Income $1,000 – $1,500pw Income $1,500 – $2,000pw Income $2,000+   Aug 2014 May 2016
Yes 79% 86% 75% 87% 81% 75% 81% 79% 84% 79% 81%
No 10% 5% 16% 7% 7% 10% 10% 8% 10% 7% 8%
Don’t know 12% 9% 9% 6% 12% 15% 9% 13% 6% 14% 11%

79% agreed that social class still exists in Australia – only 10% disagreed. These results are very similar to those of 2014 and earlier this year.

87% of Greens voters think that social class still exists compared to 75% of Liberal/National voters.

82% of those aged 45+ think that social class still exists compared to 75% of those aged under 45.

Those earning $2,000+ pw (84%) were a little more likely to think social class exists than those earning less than $1,000 pw (75%).

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