More than half the public back Jeremy Corbyn’s crackdown on billionaires, a poll claims today.
The YouGov poll found 51% believe no one, in any circumstances, deserves to have a billion pounds in personal wealth while just 35% said they do. 14% didn’t know.
And four in 10 said an increase in the super-rich is a sign society is getting worse.
Some two-thirds of Labour voters (67%) said nobody deserves to be a billionaire compared to just 39% of Tories.
But 79% of people – and a clear majority of voters for each political party, even Tories (70%) – said they would back raising the tax rate on billionaires in Britain.
It comes after Jeremy Corbyn warned a Labour government would go after super-rich individuals who exploit a “rigged system” to benefit themselves.
And Labour parliamentary candidate Lloyd Russell-Moyle said he “doesn’t think anyone in this country should be a billionaire”.
While 37% of the 1,647 people questioned from November 1-3 consider an increase in the number of billionaires to be a sign of society worsening, just 14% think more billionaires means society is improving.
A total of 92% of Labour supporters think government should increase billionaire contributions to the state, and 86% of Lib Dems, 76% of Brexit Party backers, and 70% of Conservatives agree.
However, Britons are pessimistic about how many billionaires would part with an increased sum.
Only 5% of people believe the super-wealthy would pay up in the event of a tax hike.
And 88% of respondents thought the government should be taking more action to ensure they do.
Chris Curtis, political research manager at YouGov, said: “Corbyn’s attack on billionaires is well in tune with public opinion, according to new YouGov research.
“Half of voters – including half of Lib Dem and Brexit Party voters – say that no-one deserves a personal wealth of £1 billion, and huge majorities would support government moves to tax the super-rich more and stop billionaires in the UK from avoiding tax.
“This election was billed as the ‘Brexit election’ but if Corbyn can move the debate on to his People versus Ruling Elite narrative, he may yet find success on December 12.”