Some countries are currently talking about introducing a basic income scheme (UBI). An introduction UBI would see all Australians guaranteed a minimum standard of living with the government paying everyone a monthly income to cover the essential living costs regardless of whether you are working or not.
Just over half (55%) of Australians are in favour of the introduction of a UBI in Australia.
57 per cent of Australians are in favour of everyone receiving a monthly income to essential living from the government.
Three-quarters of Australians favour that the UBI’s purpose should be to guarantee everyone a minimum standard of living.
38 per cent of Australians favour that everyone receives the same amount regardless of whether or not they are working.
|Variable description||Can you please indicate your level of support for each of the options: Strongly against, against, in favour, strongly in favour.|
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|Published by||ANU Poll|
|Data Source||Biddle, Nicholas; Edwards, Ben; Gray, Matthew; McEachern, Steven, 2019, "ANU Poll 2018: Data Governance", doi:10.26193/XHORAI, ADA Dataverse, V3|
If a UBI were to be introduced in Australia, it would replace other forms of social benefits and enable all Australians to be paid a monthly income from the government while also keeping the money they earn from work or other sources. Like other income support schemes, the UBI would be paid for by taxes.
Just over half of all Australians are in favour of the UBI (55%), that everyone should receive a monthly income (57%) and believe that the UBI should replace many other forms of social benefits (54%). 60% of Australians are in favour that this scheme being paid for by taxes. Around three-quarters of Australians are in favour that if the UBI is implemented (75%), Australians should keep the money they earn from work and other sources (76%) and that UBI's purpose should be to guarantee everyone a minimum standard of living (77%).