Essential Report

Social class identification

Apr 2, 2013

Q. Do you consider yourself –

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Income under $600pw

Income $600 – $1,000pw

Income $1,000 – $1,600pw

Income $1,600+

Working class

33%

40%

25%

34%

38%

39%

38%

26%

Middle class

53%

46%

63%

47%

33%

42%

52%

66%

Upper class

2%

1%

2%

3%

1%

2%

3%

None of them

10%

10%

7%

14%

21%

15%

6%

4%

Don’t know

3%

3%

2%

3%

8%

3%

2%

1%

53% of respondents described themselves as “middle class” and 33% as “working class” – only 2% claimed to be “upper class”.

Those on higher incomes were more likely to identify as “middle class” while those on lower incomes were less likely to identify with any of these descriptions.

Parties and social class

Apr 2, 2013

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

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Working class

Middle class

Working class

30%

43%

28%

25%

27%

34%

Middle class

16%

24%

8%

36%

18%

17%

Upper class

13%

4%

17%

10%

17%

10%

All of them

8%

19%

3%

12%

5%

10%

None of them

22%

3%

35%

7%

19%

22%

Don’t know

11%

7%

10%

9%

13%

7%

30% believe that the Labor Party mainly represents working class people and 22% don’t think they represent any class. 43% of Labor voters think the Labor Party mainly represents the working class and 36% of Greens voters think they mainly represent the middle class. 35% of Liberal/National voters don’t think they represent any class.

27% of respondents who describe themselves as working class and 34% of those who say they are middle class think the Labor Party mainly represents the working class. 35% of those who say they are working class think the Labor Party mainly represents the middle or upper classes.

Parties and social class

Apr 2, 2013

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

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Working class

Middle class

Working class

5%

6%

7%

2%

10%

4%

Middle class

20%

9%

33%

13%

16%

25%

Upper class

40%

68%

17%

64%

42%

39%

All of them

17%

4%

33%

4%

11%

21%

None of them

8%

7%

4%

7%

9%

6%

Don’t know

9%

6%

7%

10%

12%

5%

40% believe that the Liberal Party mainly represents upper class people and 20% think they represent the middle class. 68% of Labor voters think the Labor Party mainly and 64% of Greens voters think they mainly represent the upper class. 33% of Liberal/National voters think they represent the middle class and 33% think they represent all classes.

42% of respondents who describe themselves as working class and 39% of those who say they are middle class think the Liberal Party mainly represents the upper class.

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