Stuck in the middle with who? Our MiddleBritainometer results
Our MiddleBritainometer has been doing a great trade since we launched it. I’ve just been looking at the stats it’s thrown out, to see how close people are on average to guessing where they fit on the UK incomes spectrum.
Basically we’re not that great at it. On average, people placed themselves worse off than they really were by 15.6 percentage points.
Men were very slightly better at guessing than women (15.16 percentage points out, against a 16.53 percentage point underestimate for women). East Anglians, the Northern Irish, Londoners and South-Easterners had the biggest underestimates in their position on the scale, with East Midlanders, North Easterners and Scots getting closest to the mark.
This graph is quite interesting though. I cut the results by income decile, to see whether people’s actual position on the scale would have an influence on their perceived position. Unsurprisingly it does…
So whilst those lower down scale believe they’re doing better than they really are, it seems that the higher your income, the more likely you are to believe you’re worse off than you really are. Nobody seems to want to think they live too far from that elusive Middle Britain.
More reading: Stewart Lansley has a guest post here about what this all shows us about attitudes to income inequality.