Broad support in NYC for higher minimum wage, poll shows
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Yorkers strongly back hiking the minimum wage, a poll showed on Thursday, while their support for the police department hit new lows under a mayor seeking to improve community relations.
Half of the city voters surveyed said they would support an increase in New York’s minimum wage to $13 an hour from $8, while a third approved of a hike to $10.10, the poll by Quinnipiac University showed.
Only about one in 10 said the rate should stay where it is, it said.
The findings come in the wake of New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s amending of a bill to boost the minimum wage.
The proposal, which Silver called a top priority as the legislative session comes to a close, would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, indexed to inflation, and allow municipalities to push wages as much as 30 percent higher.
| 21. Do you think the minimum wage in New York City of $8.00 an hour should be raised to $10.10 an hour, or to $13.00 an hour, or shouldn’t New York City’s minimum wage be raised?
Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Wht Blk Hsp
Raised to $10.10 35% 35% 33% 42% 33% 37% 37% 32% 39%
Raised to $13.00 50 34 61 40 50 51 42 59 57
Shouldn't be raised 11 30 5 13 12 11 18 5 2
DK/NA 3 1 1 6 5 2 2 4 2