Few Support Free Money Program to Combat Poverty

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Friday, July 13, 2018

To combat poverty, a California city has launched a pilot program in which some residents will receive $500 per month with no strings attached. But nearly half of Americans wouldn’t welcome such a program in their area.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 34% of American Adults favor establishing a so-called Universal Basic Income program in their own community. Forty-eight percent (48%) are opposed, while 18% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 10, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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