Survey: Most Finns oppose basic income for everyone

A new survey looked at attitudes towards social security in general, and basic income in particular.

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Most people in Finland are against the idea of giving a basic income to everyone.

According to a new survey carried out by the Business and Policy Forum EVA into public attitudes towards social security and universal basic income in particular.

It finds that 60% of people say they’re not in favour of introducing a basic universal income, with those against it saying social security claimants should have reasons for getting benefits like unemployment, struggling with limited incomes or studying.

The EVA survey asked 2000 people around the country for their thoughts, and was carried out last autumn.

Finland ran a limited experiment with basic income, giving 2000 random unemployed people €560 over a two-year period. The idea was that the money might encourage them to take extra paid work, start their own business or be motivated to find a job with the safety net of knowing they wouldn’t lose this basic income amount.

The trial ended in December 2018, and the government already announced that it wouldn’t continue the limited experiment.

Critics said that the sample size of people who took part was too small; spread too thin around the country to show the potential impact on local economies; and that universal income in theory should be given to everyone, whether or not they are unemployed.

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