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Axios|SurveyMonkey poll: the gig economy

Axios|SurveyMonkey poll: the gig economy

The so-called "gig economy" is disrupting the way we work today, but a new Axios|SurveyMonkey poll finds that a majority of people would still prefer to have one stable job rather than multiple, flexible jobs.

  • A large majority of people say they would prefer to have one stable job instead of more than one flexible job (79 vs. 19 percent).
  • While most people (70 percent) view gig economy jobs to be equally respectable as traditional, stable jobs, they are conscious of the wage and hour disparities that gig economy workers face:
    • Nearly half of people (48 percent) think gig economy workers earn less than their traditional economy counterparts who do similar tasks.
    • Fewer, 36 percent, think they earn about the same amount of money, and just 12 percent think they earn more.
  • For all the talk of the gig economy’s disruption of the workforce, nearly half of people in the U.S. (47 percent) say they “almost never” interact with people working gig economy jobs, while fewer than one in five (18 percent) interact with gig economy workers “often.”

Read more about our polling methodology here
Click through all the results in the interactive toplines below:

Question wording:
Would you rather have one stable job or more than one job with the option to choose how and when you want to work?
How often do you interact with people working jobs in the so-called “gig economy,” such as Uber drivers, Airbnb renters, or other freelancers?
Do you consider jobs in the gig economy to be more respectable, less respectable, or equally respectable when compared with traditional jobs?
Do you think a worker in the gig economy on average earns more, less, or about the same amount of money as a worker with a full time job who does similar tasks?
Do you think a worker in the gig economy on average works more, less, or about the same number of hours as a worker with a full time job who does similar tasks?