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This post by Edward Freeland, Associate Director of the Survey Research Center at Princeton University, presents results from a recent survey of public opinion on a Universal Basic Income. We find that support and opposition are roughly equivalent, but responses can be pushed in one direction or another by the order in which questions are presented.
The American public is split on the kinds of welfare programs they support: some people prefer free programs and others prefer programs that require families to incur some costs. This mirrors a similar split in policy and practice, for instance in the debate about aid programs’ work requirements.