If the government provided $1,000 a month to every American, 51% of voters believe a significant number of people use that money for drugs and alcohol. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 19% disagree and 30% are not sure.
If the guaranteed income was provided regardless of whether or not someone was willing to work, 46% believe a significant number of people with jobs today simply quit and decide not to work. Only 22% believe a significant number would use that money to further their education.
Overall, the survey found 49% believe the government should provide every American with a guaranteed basic income of $1,000 a month. That’s little changed from last August. Also unchanged is the fact that very few believe such a guarantee should be available to someone unwilling to work. Only 18% of voters currently support such a policy.
Eighty-two percent (82%) support the idea of guaranteeing everyone willing to work a minimum wage job. However, there is little consensus as to who should provide the guarantee. Thirty-seven percent (37%) believe the federal government should provide a guaranteed job while 21% think that’s a function for state governments. Twelve percent (12%) want the guarantee to come from local businesses while 7% want local governments to provide it. Two percent (2%) believe private charities should provide the jobs guarantee and another 2% say family and friends should do so.
The survey found that most believe our system already provides an adequate guarantee. Eighty percent (80%) believe that just about anyone who is healthy and willing to work can find a job.
Finally, the survey found that 42% believe providing everyone with a guaranteed income would be good for the economy. Thirty percent (30%) believe it would be bad while 28% are not sure. A plurality of voters under 65 think it would be good while a plurality of senior citizens hold the opposite view (see crosstab results).
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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted January 26-27, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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