Plurality approves of basic income

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Plurality approves of basic income

Popular among young, least wealthy

TORONTO March 26th - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1225 Ontario voters, the plurality, 4-in-10, approve of an Ontario basic income to replace social assistance and other provincial support payments (41%). One third disapprove of the idea (33%) and as many as a quarter have no opinion (26%).

Idea popular among young and less wealthy

The idea of a basic income receives its strongest support from the youngest (52%), the least wealthy (often a proxy for youth - 58%), in Eastern Ontario (46%), among Liberals especially (59%) as well as New Democrats (46%), but not among PCs (21%).

 This appears to be an idea whose appeal is growing. We have polled a similar question federally in 2012, and just one quarter approved," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.