PUBLIC OPINION

UBI is a Mainstream Idea

We can win this fight as we educate the public and as younger people become more politically active.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Support for UBI has grown significantly over the past decade.

  • Currently, public support is roughly evenly split.

  • A majority under age 50 supports UBI.

  • Younger generations are the most supportive.

 

When a new issue emerges, the public may not have strong feelings about it.  Public opinion can shift in either direction as people learn more.  Often, there can also be generational differences with younger people being more open to an idea, but the entire population shifting over time.

The current polling numbers show a strong foundation and we believe that we can improve these numbers substantially, both as people learn more about the issue and as there is a generational shift over the coming years.

RASMUSSEN REPORTS 

 

Some contend that Congress' coronavirus relief package paves the way for a universal basic income for all Americans. Do you favor or oppose having the federal government provide every single American with a basic income?

Date
Group
Result
Net Result

March 2020

All

Support 

 40% 

 43% 

Oppose

Oppose

 -3% 

August 2011

All

Support 

 11% 

 82% 

Oppose

Oppose

 -71% 

A 68 Point Improvement In 9 Years!

ECHELON INSIGHTS

A proposal has recently been made for a Universal Basic Income, a government payment of $1,000 per month to every American adult. This payment would be made regardless of one’s work status or any other factor. Do you favor or oppose this proposal?

Date
Group
Result
Net Result

June 2019

All

Support 

 40% 

 43% 

Oppose

Oppose

 -3% 

Democrats

Support 

 53% 

 26% 

Oppose

Support

 +27% 

Republicans

Support 

 22% 

 67% 

Oppose

Oppose

 -45% 

Independents

Support 

 40% 

 44% 

Oppose

Oppose

 -4% 

18-29 Year Olds

Support 

 57% 

 28% 

Oppose

Support

 +29% 

30-39 Year Olds

Support 

 53% 

 26% 

Oppose

Support

 +27% 

40-49 Year Olds

Support 

 44% 

 33% 

Oppose

Support

 +11% 

HILL-HARRIS

 

One proposal to help Americans whose jobs are threatened by automation is having a universal basic income program that pays all Americans $1,000 per month. Should the government have such a program?

Date
Group
Result
Net Result

March 2019

All

Support 

 43% 

 57% 

Oppose

Oppose

 -14% 

18-34

Support 

 55% 

 45% 

Oppose

Support

 +10% 

35-49

Support 

 53% 

 47% 

Oppose

Support

 +6% 

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