According to a survey conducted by Echelon Insights to 1,006 Americans, support for a basic income program is divided by demographic lines, with the highest support among the lowest income groups and the minimum in the highest income groups.
Among those who earn more than 125,000 a year, 61 percent of respondents opposed the idea of giving a thousand dollars in cash to Americans in general, in a kind of basic universal income.
Two-thirds of Republicans (67 percent) oppose the idea, while only a quarter (26 percent) of Democrats do. Age was also an important factor, with a majority of people under 39 supporting the idea. While middle-aged people split evenly, support among people 65 years and older was only 19 percent.
By gathering all this data, it turns out that the old rich Republicans oppose the new government programs based on giving people money.
With everything, not everyone refuses taxatively: They do it if there is no compensation from the person receiving the money. Instead, they support more specific means of assistance, such as food stamps. Others are concerned about the cost itself, in that it is not a profitable method for everyone, although they would change their mind if they received strong evidence in favor.
Basic income is an increasingly popular idea to reduce bureaucracy, end poverty and improve the world a bit. However, many people are still skeptical of the idea. If the results of this survey are accurate, universal income will still take time… at least given the support received.