UMR Research have just released their latest Mood of the Nation report (not online yet), and it shows huge public concern about our widened income gaps.
The key findings are:
Concern Fully half the country is “very concerned” about inequality, with a further 37% “somewhat concerned”; just 13% say they are not concerned about it
Egalitarianism 72% of New Zealanders do not think we are an egalitarian country anymore
Growth 71% of New Zealanders think inequality is widening (even if the data for 2008-12 shows it relatively steady)
Damage 78% think our increase in inequality has been bad for the country; just 2% think it has been good
This ties in with other polling, from Roy Morgan, showing that inequality has leapt into the public consciousness in the last couple of years, and is, alongside poverty and imbalances of wealth, the biggest issue in people’s mind.
No wonder all the politicians are talking about it…