Majority of Canadians support a universal basic income: study

The Daily Hive

Most Canadians support the concept of bringing in a universal basic income (UBI), but the majority also don’t want to pay for it.

A new study from the Angus Reid Institute found that, of the 1,510 Canadians who responded to the online survey between June 8 and 10, the majority support bringing in some form of UBI. Something similar has already been seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, as over seven million Canadians have been supported through the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit.

The New Democratic Party’s Jagmeet Singh called for the CERB to be turned into a universal benefit in April, though the proposal was rejected by the Liberal Party, according to the Angus Reid report.

The study found that 59% of respondents supported some form of universal basic income, with just 30% opposing.

However, of that same sampling, only 36% agreed that they’d be willing to pay more in taxes to fund it, while 64% disagreed.

When broken up by region, Alberta was the only hold-out where those in opposition outnumbered those in support by a margin of 47% to 42% — all other provinces had varying degrees of majority support, though Saskatchewan/Manitoba were at just 49% in support to 37% opposed.

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