Essential Report

More or less fair/equal

Jun 11, 2014

Q. Do you think Australian society is more or less equal and fair than 20 years ago?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total more fair/equal

28%

23%

38%

14%

22%

Total less fair/equal

43%

51%

27%

70%

59%

A lot more equal and fair

7%

6%

10%

3%

2%

A little more equal and fair

21%

17%

28%

11%

20%

About the same

23%

18%

31%

14%

14%

A little less equal and fair

21%

23%

19%

35%

23%

A lot less equal and fair

22%

28%

8%

35%

36%

Don’t know

7%

6%

4%

1%

5%

28% think that Australian society is more equal and fair than 20 years ago and 43% think it is less equal and fair. 23% think it is about the same.

Greens voters (70%), other party voters (59%) and Labor voters (51%) are more likely to think it is less equal/fair. 38% of Liberal/National voters think it is more equal/fair and 31% think it is about the same.

Younger respondents are split over whether Australia is more equal/fair (for age 18-34 – 35% more/32% less) while older respondents are more likely to think it is less equal/fair (for age 55+ – 22% more/53% less).

 

Importance of equality/fairness

Jun 11, 2014

Q. How important is equality/fairness to Australian society?

 

Equality

 

Fairness

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Very important

51%

62%

42%

63%

41%

62%

72%

44%

77%

77%

Somewhat important

38%

32%

47%

21%

49%

30%

20%

47%

14%

21%

Not very important

6%

3%

8%

12%

6%

4%

4%

6%

4%

1%

Not at all important

1%

1%

1%

5%

2%

2%

2%

3%

4%

1%

Don’t know

3%

3%

1%

2%

2%

2%

Note: Half the sample was asked about “equality” and half asked about “fairness”.

51% of respondents think equality is very important compared to 62% who say fairness is very important.

While Liberal/National voters gave very similar answers to both equality and fairness, Labor voters, Greens voters and other voters think fairness is more important.

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