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).