Sixteen percent (16%) of voters favor providing every American a guaranteed income, even for those who are unwilling to work. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 33% favor the general idea of a guaranteed income but do not think it should be offered to those unwilling to work. Fifty-one percent (51%) are opposed to providing a guaranteed income.
These results are similar to those found in August.
Far more popular than a guaranteed income is a guaranteed job. Eighty-one percent (81%) of voters believe that everyone who is willing to work should be guaranteed a minimum wage job. However, only 34% believe the federal government should provide the guarantee. Thirty-two percent (32%) believe a job should be guaranteed by state or local governments. Fifteen percent (15%) favor a guarantee from outside the government and 19% do not support a guaranteed job.
Regardless of the details, 82% believe we already have a system where everyone who is willing to work can find a job (see question wording and crosstab results).
The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted October 17-18, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and sample Demographics). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
The idea of providing a guaranteed income even for those unwilling to work is supported by 19% of men and 13% of women. Twenty-nine percent (29%) of those under 35 like the idea along with just 4% of those over 65. It draws support from 19% of Democrats, 16% of Independents, and 13% of Republicans.
Discussion about a Universal Basic Income has increased due to concerns about automation. In fact, 41% believe that automation and robots will lead to mass unemployment. Fifty-nine percent (59%) believe that these technologies will create new types of jobs and provide good opportunities for workers. One study last year estimated that the robot revolution will create 21 million new jobs to offset 19 million lost jobs.
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