If you read elite commentary on the home-sharing industry (that is, Airbnb and its competitors), especially on the Left, you might think it is quite controversial. However, a recent Pew survey suggests otherwise.
According to Pew, very few people know very much about home-sharing. Only 11 percent of Americans have used home-sharing services, and 53 percent of all adults have never even heard of them. Only 9 percent of Americans claim to have heard “a lot” about the homesharing debate, and 16 percent have heard “a little.” Among people who have actually used home-sharing services, these numbers rise to 19 percent and 37 percent.
But to the extent Americans are aware of home-sharing, they like the idea. Only 4 percent of Americans think home-sharing should be illegal, and only 30 percent think it should be taxed. 52 percent think homesharing should be legal and untaxed. Even among self-described liberals, only 38 percent think homesharing should be taxed.