82% Favor Guaranteed Job, But Disagree on Who Should Provide It

Eighty-two percent (82%) of voters nationwide believe that everyone who is willing to work should be guaranteed a minimum wage job. A Scott Rasmussen.com national survey found that just 18% disagree.

However, there is little agreement on who should provide the guarantee. Thirty-six percent (36%) want the federal government to provide the guarantee while 19% prefer state governments and 15% local businesses. An additional 7% think the responsibility should be with local governments; 3% say family and friends; and, 2% want private charities to guarantee jobs for all (see question wording and toplines).

Seventy-seven percent (77%) believe that anyone who is healthy and willing to work can find a job today. In effect, they believe a functioning jobs guarantee is already in effect. Ninety-percent (90%) of Republicans hold this view along with 67% of Democrats and 75% of Independents (see crosstabs).

The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 19-20, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by 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.

Data released earlier showed that 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.

Related data shows that 42% have a favorable opinion of Socialism. However, most who support it do not see Socialism as it has been historically understood. Forty-five percent (45%) of voters nationwide believe that most businesses treat their workers fairly  Additionally, 67% believe that income inequality is a big problem in America.

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Our research has shown the disconnect between the politically obsessed and most Americans. Additionally, 83% of voters recognize that tech titans have a bigger impact on the nation than presidents.

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