Public support for economic redistribution is lower than public concern about economic inequality. However, there is strong public support for the living wage, for certain measures which would reduce tax for those at the bottom, and for specific policies which tackle excessive pay at the top.
What do people think and know about inequality?
Public concern regarding the income gap is high and the majority view inequality as having negative impacts on society. Such views often vary by age, party affiliation, class and income.
Most people have limited knowledge about economic inequality. They are unaware of the extent of differences in pay at their own workplace; and they greatly underestimate the income of those at the top, and the extent of wealth inequality in the UK.