New Uber poll shows driver, voters from both parties, support independent contractor plan


A new Uber poll shows that drivers, along with voters from both parties, support the company’s independent contractor benefits plan.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Democratic-leaning Benenson Strategy Group and Republican-leaning GS Strategy Group  surveyed over 1,000 drivers and over 1,300 likely voters from both parties to get their views on Uber’s Working Together Priorities plan which would give gig workers new benefits and protections.

The polls findings included that 82 percent of drivers support this plan, which offers access to certain benefits, while prioritizing the flexibility that brings them to independent work. Meanwhile, 88 percent of drivers agree that this plan would benefit them (40 percent strongly agree).

Additionally, voters overwhelmingly support the policy plan and it is broadly supported across party and geographical lines. 3 in 4 (76 percent) voters support the plan, including: 78 percent of Democrats, 75 percent of Republicans, and 74 percent of Independents.

The polls results also indicate that this legislation could have an impact at the polls.

To that end, 79 percent of voters are more likely to vote for a representative that supports this plan, while 71 percent are less likely to vote for someone who blocks it.

Independent voters are the most influenced, with 84 percent more likely to vote for a representative that supports this plan, and 77 percent less likely to vote for someone who blocks it.

Furthermore, 82 percent of voters agree that rideshare and delivery companies need to step up and change the employment system so gig workers are better protected.

Voters also believe that the government should remove barriers to enacting this plan 81 percent and that the plan should be encouraged by the government (78 percent).

New Jersey State Senator Troy Singleton (D-7) has proposed a “portable benefits” bill that would allow independent contractors for companies like Uber, Lyft, and Amazon to receive benefits like workers’ compensation insurance, health coverage, paid-time off and retirement funding, as the Burlington County Times reported.

In February 2018, Uber opened a “Greenlight Hub,” an in-person support center for drivers, in Secaucus.