The gap between the wealthiest and poorest people in the difficulty they report in affording basic items is much wider now than it was in 1992; fully 62% of self-described "working class" people — a group that makes up 47% of the general public — now say their incomes are falling behind the cost of living, up from 45% in September 2007. A much smaller proportion of self-described "professional or business class" people (32% of the public) say their incomes are falling behind (40%), and there has been only a modest increase since September in the percentage expressing this view (six points).

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