Remote work has become a partisan issue in the U.S., with Democrats more likely to favor it over Republicans, according to a survey by Vox and Data for Progress.
Eighty-nine percent of Democrats approve of remote work versus 81 percent of Republicans, the study found. Only half of Republicans polled said remote workers worked as hard or harder than non-remote workers, compared with 75 percent of Democrats.
Democrats (71 percent) also were more likely than Republicans (57 percent) to say remote workers produced the same or equal amount of work as non-remote workers. Still, remote work remained a somewhat bipartisan issue overall. Both Democrats and Republicans would prefer to work from home after the pandemic ends with only a one percent difference (46 percent versus 45 percent).
During the pandemic, Republican-leaning states had a lower rate of remote work (30 percent) than Democratic states (35 percent), the report said, citing a study conducted by Stanford Professor Nicholas Bloom, who measured the overall remote-work rate from May 2020 to March 2021.
Former President Donald Trump “aligned the Republican Party to being more working-class and less educated, and these jobs have a far lower ability to work from home,” Vox reported, citing an email Bloom wrote to Recode.
Vox’s study found two-thirds of respondents would rather take a 10 percent raise than work from home. Employers are now using remote work as a perk to attract workers, it said.
The survey polled more than 1,000 people online in July 2020, and “is weighted to be representative of the U.S. adult population,” the report said.