Universal Basic Income

There is a growing debate about how best to organise societies in the event of AI and other technological developments making more and more people redundant.

Recent research in the UK shows that a sizeable minority are in favour of the government providing a Universal Basic Income to all citizens, but with a few caveats.

We asked our SmartPoll Panel if they felt the Irish Government should introduce a Universal Basic Income for all adults, even if it means higher taxes and/or lower social welfare payments for some people. Just over 3 in 10 approve of the idea:



Men are more in favour than women, while people in Munster are more supportive than those in Dublin.

That said, more people are opposed to the idea, including more than a third of 18-35s.

It's early days, but expect the debate about UBI to grow in the years ahead.

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