Date: September 30, 2021
Contact: Geoff Vetter (916) 634-9051
[email protected]

New Survey of Drivers Shows Overwhelming Support for Prop 22 Nearly a Year After Passage

Survey shows 84% of drivers say other states should pass laws like Prop 22

Sacramento, CA – A new first-of-its-kind survey of Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Instacart drivers in California found that 88 percent of drivers polled said Prop 22 “had been good for them,” including 76 percent who said Prop 22 “increased my pay,” and 84 percent of drivers who said they would recommend other states pass laws like Prop 22.

Among the survey’s key findings:

  • 87 percent of drivers support Prop 22 after a short description of the measure, with 63 percent of respondents “strongly” in support. In other words, drivers support Prop 22 by more than a 6-to-1 margin.
  • 84 percent agree Prop 22 “benefits me personally.”
  • 82 percent say Prop 22 “creates better opportunities for the future.”
  • 87 percent of drivers agree Prop 22 “should be protected by the courts since the voters approved it,” including 65 percent who strongly agree.
  • If Prop 22 is invalidated, only 2 in 10 said they would continue driving.
  • 57 percent of drivers say app-based driving helped them replace lost or reduced income due to the pandemic.

“The flexibility and higher earnings that Prop 22 provides are incredibly valuable to me and hundreds of thousands of drivers like me. As someone caring for family members, the ability to choose when I work, where I want to work, and how long I want to work can’t be overstated,” said Cora Mandapat, an app-based rideshare driver from the San Francisco area. “Prop 22 protected that flexibility and gave drivers amazing benefits, including access to a health care stipend. I hope that our elected officials and the courts protect what I know many Californians and drivers voted for.”

The survey was conducted by independent research firm, EMC Research, using lists of drivers who have worked with at least one of the four major app-based platforms (Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Instacart) in the past three months. The 1,508 survey respondents opted-in to participate in the online survey between September 1-8, 2021 in English and Spanish. The margin of error is ±2.5 percentage points

About EMC Research, Inc. 

EMC Research is a national full-service opinion research firm serving an extensive and diverse range of public and private sector clients since 1989. We are known for crafting insightful research tools, collecting highly accurate data and providing analysis that answers the key strategic questions and challenges our clients face. EMC is proud to be a certified women-owned business. Our expertise includes branding and positioning; data analytics; political polling; customer satisfaction; ad testing; and social and behavioral studies.

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, which was supported by nearly 60% 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, provided app-based rideshare and delivery drivers historic new benefits and protections, including an earnings guarantee of 120% of minimum wage plus 30 cents per mile, access to healthcare benefits, occupational accident insurance, and empowered drivers to earn more income while maintaining their independence, freedom, and the ability to work when, where, and how long they want.


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