Minimum Wage Increase Enjoys Broad Public Support
A Gallup poll conducted last week found strong public support for boosting the minimum wage (now $7.25/hr.) to $9.00 per hour. That change was supported by 76% of Americans, with only 22% opposed. Here are a few of the other highlights from the national survey of 1,040 adults:
- The support was solid across the political spectrum – with the backing of 58% of Republicans, 76% of Independents, and 91 % of Democrats.
- Support wasn’t quite as strong for indexing the minimum wage for inflation (after raising it to $9), yet that was endorsed by 68% of adults and opposed by 29%.
- Public support for an increase to $9.00 was up 5 percentage points since early March, when 71% were in favor and 27% against the proposal.
The national poll was conducted by Gallup last week at about the same time that 61% of New Jersey voters supported an amendment to that state’s constitution to raise the minimum wage $1 to $8.25 and index it for inflation (even as they reelected Governor Christie, who had opposed that measure). Also last week, President Obama voiced his support for the Harkin-Miller bill, which would raise the minimum wage to $10.10.
In a blog post about three months ago, my colleague Tamarine Cornelius summarized an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute that concluded that more than half a million Wisconsin workers would benefit from the Harkin-Miller bill.
The Gallup poll was conducted Nov. 4 to Nov. 5 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percentage points.