Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters support a proposal to provide low-income workers with a wage subsidy. The government would provide a modest amount of extra income for every hour someone worked. The amount of extra income would gradually decrease as the worker’s income increased. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that another 14% of voters would support the proposal if it would be paid for by reducing the cost of other government assistance programs.
The proposal for a wage subsidy is supported by 75% of Democrats, 56% of Independents, and 48% of Republicans (see crosstab results).
While supported more by liberals (79%) than conservatives (50%), an article posted on National Review recently made the case for a wage subsidy. The article was adapted from Oren Cass’s new book, The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America.
Cass argued that a wage subsidy was more effective than the financial incentives offered by city and state governments to large companies. “If we really want to ‘pay for jobs’ — and we should — then we should do it directly. As most workers recall with dismay from their first payday, a nasty little line item called ‘FICA’ deducts payroll taxes from every check. What if another line, titled ‘Federal Work Bonus,’ showed that the government had put an additional $3 into your check for every hour worked? That would be a wage subsidy.”
Data released recently showed voters support a higher minimum wage, but 72% favor a temporary training wage for unskilled workers to learn a new job. Additionally, while voters are concerned about inequality, 86% believe ensuring that every American can afford the necessities of life is more important than reducing inequality.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted February 6-7, 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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