en English
ar Arabiczh-CN Chinese (Simplified)nl Dutchen Englishfr Frenchde Germanit Italianpt Portugueseru Russianes Spanish
Raising the Minimum Wage for Working Men and Women in California and the Rest of America

Americans Broadly Support Minimum-Wage Hike

National Journal poll finds only 28 percent of respondents think an increase would hurt the economy.

Email This Page to Someone

Americans overwhelmingly favor raising the federal minimum wage, suggesting the issue could be one that gives Democrats some momentum heading into the 2014 midterm elections.

According to a National Journal poll, support for raising the current wage of $7.25 an hour is broad-based, crossing all income levels. Only about one-quarter of those surveyed believe raising the rate would harm the economy.

According to the poll, 71 percent of Americans said the wage should be boosted, with a substantial number of those surveyed—39 percent—backing a hike to $10 an hour. What’s more, 27 percent believe the rate should be even higher.

And while support for a wage hike is highest among those who earn $30,000 annually or less (79 percent), respondents who earn between $30,000 and $75,000 and those who earn more than $75,000 also support raising the wage in large numbers—at 74 percent and 61 percent, respectively. Support is highest among African-Americans (91 percent) and women (74 percent).

• Category: National, Notable • Tags: James Oliphant, Polls