Briefing 46: Most people think that differences in pay between high and low earners are unfair

Polling shows that an overwhelming majority of people in the UK think that differences in pay between high and low earners are unfair and don't reflect how hard people work

Most people think pay differences between high and low earners are unfair

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Explaining the data

This data was taken from polling carried out by ICM on behalf of the High Pay Centre. Though polling results depend on how the question is phrased, when asked if they agreed that “pay gaps in the UK are necessary to encourage people to work hard and take risks”, just 32% of respondents agreed, while 55% disagreed. Therefore it is clear that a majority of people think that the gap between those at the top and low and middle earners has grown too large. The results can be found at www.highpaycentre.org 

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