Essential Report

Gap between rich and poor

Oct 14, 2014

Q. In the past 10 years, do you think the gap between rich people and everyone else in Australia has increased, decreased or stayed about the same?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Income less than $600 pw

Income $600-$1,000 pw

Income $1,000-$1,600 pw

Income over $1,600 pw

Total increased

72%

86%

58%

81%

79%

81%

73%

76%

67%

Total decreased

2%

1%

3%

2%

2%

3%

4%

2%

1%

Increased a lot

38%

50%

26%

34%

54%

50%

39%

36%

33%

Increased a little

34%

36%

32%

47%

25%

31%

34%

40%

34%

Stayed much the same

20%

11%

33%

10%

12%

10%

17%

16%

28%

Decreased a little

2%

1%

3%

1%

1%

2%

2%

2%

1%

Decreased a lot

*

*

1%

1%

1%

2%

*

Don’t know

7%

2%

5%

6%

8%

7%

6%

7%

4%

72% think that the gap between rich people and everyone else in Australia has increased over the past ten years. Only 22% think it has decreased or stayed the same.

Those most likely to think it had increased were Labor voters (86%) Greens voters (81%), aged 55+ (77%) and those earning less than $600 pw (81%).

Government action to reduce gap between rich and poor

Oct 14, 2014

Q. How much, if anything, should the Government do to reduce the gap between the rich and everyone else?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Income less than $600 pw

Income $600-$1,000 pw

Income $1,000-$1,600 pw

Income over $1,600 pw

Total a lot/some

64%

78%

51%

69%

80%

67%

70%

65%

61%

A lot

30%

47%

13%

31%

40%

39%

37%

29%

24%

Some

34%

31%

38%

38%

40%

28%

33%

36%

37%

Not much

16%

10%

25%

18%

7%

13%

12%

17%

19%

Nothing at all

7%

6%

12%

3%

3%

4%

9%

8%

10%

Don’t know

12%

7%

12%

10%

10%

17%

10%

10%

10%

64% think that the Government should do a lot or some to reduce the gap between the rich and everyone else.

Those most likely to think the Government should act were Labor voters (78%), other voters (80%), aged under 35 (68%) and those earning $600-$1,000 pw (70%).

Reducing the gap between rich and poor

Oct 14, 2014

Q. Which of the following would do more to reduce the gap between the rich and poor in Australia?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Income less than $600 pw

Income $600-$1,000 pw

Income $1,000-$1,600 pw

Income over $1,600 pw

Raising taxes on the wealthy and corporations to increase support for those on low incomes

57%

71%

41%

74%

67%

71%

60%

62%

52%

Lowering taxes on the wealthy and corporations to encourage investment and economic growth

18%

12%

30%

12%

13%

12%

14%

19%

25%

Don’t know

25%

17%

29%

13%

20%

17%

27%

19%

22%

57% support raising taxes on the wealthy and corporations to increase support for those on low incomes and 18% support lowering taxes on the wealthy and corporations to encourage investment and economic growth.

Those most likely to support increasing taxes on the wealthy and corporations were Greens voters (74%), Labor voters 71%) and those earning less than $600 pw (71%).

Gap between rich and poor

May 6, 2014

Q.  In the past 10 years, do you believe the gap between the rich and everyone else has increased, decreased or stayed the same?

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total increased

77%

84%

68%

87%

80%

Total decreased

3%

1%

4%

1%

6%

Increased a lot

47%

58%

32%

56%

58%

Increased a little

30%

26%

36%

31%

22%

Stayed the same

15%

11%

23%

8%

12%

Decreased a little

2%

1%

4%

1%

3%

Decreased a lot

1%

3%

Don’t know

5%

5%

5%

4%

3%

Over three-quarters (77%) of Australians believe that the gap between the rich and everyone else has increased. Just 3% believe it has decreased.

Labor (84%) and Greens (87%) voters were more likely to think that it had increased, while Lib/Nat voters were less likely (68%).

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