Plurality Approval for Basic Income
see basic income for needy only, not universal
In a random sampling
of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1097 Ontario voters, 4-in-10
approve of the idea of a provincial basic income, to replace social support
payments (40%), while just more than one third disapprove (35%). One quarter
have no opinion on the issue (25%). When we polled this last in Ontario, in
March, results were similar (approve - 41%, disapprove - 33%, don’t know -
Those most in favour
of the plan include the youngest (48%), males (43%) rather than females (37%),
among the least wealthy (54%), in northern Ontario (46%), among Liberals (57%)
and, to a lesser extent, New Democrats (46%) and among the best educated (post
grad - 50%).
Appropriate amount seen to be $20,000 to
more than $30,000
When asked how much
an annual basic income should be, if it were initiated, voters are split
between an amount equal to “about $20,000” (29%) and “$30,000 or more” (28%).
Fewer than a tenth suggest this payment should be “$10,000 or less” (8%). One
quarter will not support the basic income idea, and will not supply a dollar
One half see basic income for the needy
only, not universal
One half of voters
think a basic income, if initiated, should be income-tested and destined only
for the needy (48%), while one third this proportion think the payment should
be universal, made to all regardless of income (18%). One fifth don’t agree
with a basic income (19%) and less than a tenth don’t know (6%).
“This is an idea
with a solid base of support which has yet to reach majority approval. It is
well-liked by those with the most recourse to this kind of social support, the
young and least wealthy. It is interesting to note that those who accept the
idea, accept that the basic income must be enough to provide dignity in living.
They don’t see this as a universal benefit, though"
said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.
Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at (416) 960-9603.