Date: May 14, 2021
Contact: Geoff Vetter, (916) 634-9051

In Case You Missed It: New Survey Finds 9 out of 10 California App-Based Drivers say Proposition 22 Had a Positive Impact on Their Lives

Survey Shows App-Based Drivers in California Overwhelmingly Believe Prop 22 “Benefits Them Personally”

Sacramento, CA – A new survey of nearly 400 California app-based rideshare and food/grocery delivery drivers shows the vast majority view the passage of Proposition 22 in November 2020 as a positive accomplishment. California Uber drivers are pleased with the historic new benefits, freedom, and flexibility provided by Prop 22, which preserved drivers’ ability to choose to work when, where, and how they want.

The survey also indicates that drivers overwhelmingly prefer to remain independent contractors instead of employees. Further, the majority believe that other states would greatly benefit from similar IC+ policies that protect app-based rideshare and delivery drivers’ flexibility and freedom while providing historic new benefits.

Additional survey findings of California app-based drivers include:

  • 9 in 10 drivers say that the changes from Prop 22 have already had a positive impact on their lives, with 76% agreeing with the statement that “Prop 22 benefits me personally.”

  • 4 out of 5 California drivers, 83%, are happy Prop 22 passed, with 51% of drivers being very happy with passage.

  • 88% agree, and 51% strongly agree, that Prop 22 continues a way for drivers to choose to work when, where, and how they want.

  • 83% agree, and 43% strongly agree, that Prop 22 protects drivers’ freedom and flexibility.

  • By a nearly 5-to-1 margin, 84% of drivers prefer to remain independent contractors over becoming employees.

  • 3 in 4 drivers, 75%, agree that drivers in other states would benefit if their state passed a law similar to Prop 22.

  • 75% of drivers report that Prop 22 creates a better future for app-based drivers.

Prop 22, which was approved by nearly 60% of voters, provided historic new benefits and protections, including an earnings guarantee of 120% of minimum wage plus 30 cents per mile compensation toward expenses, access to healthcare benefits, occupational accident insurance, and has empowered drivers to earn more income while maintaining their independence, freedom, and the ability to work when, where, and how long they want.

About Protect App-Based Drivers & Services (PADS) Coalition 

The Protect App-Based Drivers & Services (PADS) coalition, formerly the Yes on Prop 22  coalition, is continuing to engage to ensure the will of California voters is upheld; to protect access to independent, app-based jobs; and to preserve the availability, affordability and reliability of on-demand app-based rideshare and delivery services that are essential to  Californians and our economy.

Proposition 22 was supported by 59% of California voters, 120,000 drivers, and a diverse coalition of more than 140 groups including social justice, senior, community, business, veterans and many others.


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