(NewsNation) – Americans have fallen in love with working from home and want to make it permanent.
Nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population wants the government to require companies to implement a work-from-home policy, according to a NewsNation/Decision Desk headquarters poll released Thursday. Even more respondents would like to see employers offer the option of working from home to protect them from soaring gas prices.
This comes at a key moment for national wallets and jobs. Americans see no relief in gas prices; according to a NewsNation poll, they expect them to become even more expensive in six months.
At the same time, employers Goldman Sachs in Telsa opposed the work-from-home culture.
However, according to a NewsNation poll, 76 percent of voters believe they work as well or even better when working from home.
“I think companies should put in incentives at this time and maybe put a little money on gas for employees,” Abby Harkins, a 27-year-old wedding planner from San Francisco, said Monday. Her employer requires her to be in the office and she must attend all scheduled weddings.
“I think the hybrid model is always good for companies and I think half the time during the week it would be great to save some money that way, especially on gas,” Harkins said.
NewsNation and Decision Desk headquarters polled 1,006 registered voters Sunday and Monday on topics such as gas prices, work-from-home policies, President Joe Biden’s activities, abortion and other current events.
Inflation is America’s number one problem. The price of gas is the most symbolic figure of the growth in the cost of goods in the country. On June 9, the US national average gas price topped $5 a gallon for the first time, according to Gas Buddy.
Meaningful solutions were hard to come by. President Biden outlined the plan on Wednesday suspend federal gas tax until September. However, it is unclear whether such a plan will pass Congress and, if passed, whether the oil companies will pass these savings on to passengers.
American workers accustomed to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic are now looking to telecommuting as a partial solution to cushion the impact of high gas prices. According to a NewsNation poll, 86% of voters are in favor of their company allowing them to work from home to save money on gas.
Overall, 63% of Americans support government policies requiring employers to be able to work from home. This number varies by political affiliation, although the idea is popular no matter which party you prefer:
- 78% of Democrats are in favor of requiring the government to work from home for employers.
- 58% of Republicans are in favor of it
- This is supported by 55% of independent voters.
Decision Desk Headquarters Senior Fellow Keel Williams said Republicans generally oppose government intervention in the economy. But regardless of your party preferences, the current mood is: “I don’t want to spend money on gas.”
Some Americans are resigned to high gas prices. 36-year-old Chicago resident Stephanie Marquette admitted that she agrees to expensive trips to work.
“If (the gas) keeps going up and up and it’s really crazy, or people have crazy commutes and their boss knows about it, then, yes, maybe there should be some rules,” Marquette said. “But to be honest, that’s exactly what it is. The gas rises and falls. And I’m just so used to it.”
NewsNation digital producers Joshua Eferig and Liz Jassin contributed to this report.