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Financing international aid with a tax on financial transactions

Published 2 August 2018 in Surveys

60% of French people would be in favor of (or would not oppose) France’s Official Development Assistance being financed through a tax on financial transactions.

This represents the large majority of French people, though 18% claim to have no formed opinion.

Only 22% would object to a (new) tax on financial transactions being introduced in order to finance development aid.

However, these views depend strongly on how French people understand what a tax on financial transactions meant for them, i.e. whether it would be applied to them individually, or only companies or those with large amounts of capital to tax.

This data comes from our survey conducted by the YouGov Institute and piloted by the research team at University College London and the University of Birmingham as part of the project Aid Attitudes Tracker which measures the evolution of opinions and behaviors on issues of international solidarity in four countries.