What does the public think about income inequality?

Here, courtesy of the latest British Social Attitudes survey (published last year) is the answer:

What is notable is that whilst overwhelming numbers agree that “the income gap is too large”, and have consistently said so over the last 20 and more years, two of the possible routes to closing the gap have consistently fallen in popularity, namely using taxes or benefits.

Instead, it is policies such as providing better educational opportunities for the least well off (pupil premium anyone?) which best fit what the public says it wants although, as other evidence shows, the case for education needs to be made and can’t just be assumed by default.

Read more by or more about or .
This entry was posted in News.
Bookmark the web address for this page or use the short url http://ldv.org.uk/25973 for Twitter and emails.

2 Comments

  • Tony Dawson 29th Nov '11 - 6:57pm

    It seems quite logical that many people do not equate raising benefits with the income equalisation. which they would support Most people think that most other people should work for a living – so raising ‘benefits’ which are equated in most minds with those not working (including those who should be), are not attractive to them. Similarly, a lot of people see that “any tax on the rich is also likely to tax me”. They also do not trust the government to only tax for what is needed. You only have to look at Prescott’s redundant billion pound Fire centres to see why.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?




Recent Comments

  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 28th Jul - 1:19pm
    bcrombie Wasn’t this one of the problems in 2010 – the campaign had appeared to a lot of voters more left-wing than right-wing but in...
  • User AvatarJoe Otten 28th Jul - 1:12pm
    Certainly every country is different, and may have a different sweet spot, but that is not to say a sweet spot doesn't exist. That would...
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 28th Jul - 12:58pm
    Stuart, nowhere in that paper did it say that armed Police officers would be casually strolling into sleepy Highland bakers' shops. This was a fundamental...
  • User AvatarJoe Bailey 28th Jul - 12:57pm
    Simon Shaw27th Jul '14 - 4:13pm Although my main reason for opposing us entering any coalition in 2015 is the damage I think it would...
  • User AvatarDai 28th Jul - 12:51pm
    Pretty much every vote (apart from the single vote on Lithuanaia and the Euro, which has very little to do with the UK) has been...
  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 28th Jul - 12:50pm
    Eddie Sammon28th Jul '14 - 4:17am etc "Simon, it’s nothing personal and my problem isn’t with everyone who signed “Lib Dems 4 Change”. I don’t...