Measuring and framing support for universal basic income

Soren Jordan, Grant Ferguson, Kathryn Haglin

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Abstract

We execute an original survey experiment to examine the extent and determinants of support for a nascent policy issue, universal basic income (UBI), in the American public. We explore the effects of how UBI is framed (either in the context of values or the context of policy), finding three key results. First, UBI is primarily a Democratic and liberal policy. Second, negative arguments against UBI move support for UBI more than positive arguments. Third, and surprisingly, respondents are equally affected by both policy-driven and value-driven arguments about UBI. In conclusion, an increase in messaging about UBI is likely to widen existing partisan differences in UBI support. These differences are unlikely to be won over by policy or values arguments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-147
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Policy and Administration
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research is funded in part by the Hayek Fund at the Institute for Humane Studies. This research was approved by the IRB at each individual institution. The authors would like to thank participants at the Midwest Political Science Association 2020 annual meeting for valuable feedback and suggestions.

Funding Information:
This research is funded in part by the Hayek Fund at the Institute for Humane Studies. This research was approved by the IRB at each individual institution. The authors would like to thank participants at the Midwest Political Science Association 2020 annual meeting for valuable feedback and suggestions.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Keywords

  • UBI
  • experiments
  • framing
  • values

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