Gallup Poll: 71% of Americans Support a $9.00 Minimum Wage

March 6, 2013

In U.S., 71% Back Raising Minimum Wage

Most Democrats and independents, and half of Republicans, favor increase to $9

by Lydia Saad

PRINCETON, NJ — Seven in 10 Americans say they would vote “for” raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour if given the opportunity, while 27% would vote against such a bill. The proposal, made by President Barack Obama in his 2013 State of the Union speech, is backed by over 90% of Democrats and self-described liberals, and by over two-thirds of independents and moderates. Republicans are evenly split on the proposal, while conservatives tilt slightly in favor.

Support for Raising U.S. Federal Minimum Wage to $9 per Hour

Siena College Poll: NY Voters Strongly Support Minimum Wage Increase

Siena College Poll – March 11, 2013 – Page 3 or:–%20FINAL.pdf

Voters Strongly Support Minimum Wage Increase, Public Campaign Financing, ‘Stop & Frisk’ Reform

“More than three-quarters of voters support increasing the minimum wage in New York to $9.00 per hour, down

slightly from when Siena asked the question at $8.50 and $8.75 per hour, with overwhelming support from

Democrats and independents and majority support from Republicans,” Greenberg said. “Support for public

campaign financing remains strong – 61-33 percent – with two-thirds of Democrats, 60 percent of independents

and a plurality of Republicans behind it.

Silicon Valley Business Journal readers want a minimum wage hike VIDEO

Minimum wage remains a divisive issue at the federal level. However, most Business Journal readers in our online poll support raising it.

Fifty-four percent of respondents said that the minimum wage should be at least $9 per hour, while 46 percent didn’t want it raised. 366 readers responded in all.

Quinnipiac University Poll: 76% of New Jersey Voters Want to Raise the Minimum Wage

TRENTON — Most New Jersey voters want to  raise the  state’s minimum wage, according to a poll released this morning.

The Quinnipiac University poll found 76 percent favor increasing the minimum wage from its current $7.25, while 21 percent are opposed.

The poll of 1,149 voters was conducted from Feb. 13 to Feb. 17 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

Rasmussen Poll: 54% Favor Raising Minimum Wage to $9 An Hour

“Most voters don’t think the minimum wage is enough to live on and support President Obama’s proposal to raise it from $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour. They’re more narrowly divided, however, when asked if hiking the minimum wage will be good for the economy.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters favor raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour. Thirty-four percent (34%) are opposed, while 12% are not sure.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 14-15, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.”

Jim Hightower: Do More Than the Minimum on Minimum Wage

Do more than the minimum on minimum wage

Monday, February 18, 2013   |

Posted by Jim Hightower



“In the wealthiest nation on Earth,” President Obama declared in his State of the Union speech, “no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty.”   Right! Not only does his call to raise America’s minimum wage put some real pop in populism, but it could finally start putting some ethics back in our country’s much-celebrated, (but rarely-honored) “work ethic.” Kudos to Obama for putting good economics and good morals together – and for putting this long overdue increase on the front burner.

But then came the number: $9 an hour. Excuse me, Mr. President, but that means a person who “works full-time” would nonetheless “have to live in poverty.” Yes, nine bucks is a buck-seventy-five better than the current pay, but it’s still a poverty wage, and it doesn’t even elevate the buying power of our wage floor back to where it was in 1968.


Jim Hightower on the Minimum Wage

lots more here:

” A leading wage-policy expert, Heidi Shierholz of EPI, spoke for a lot of us last month when she said, “I get mystified by the politics surrounding all this.” Indeed, it’s absurd that the White House has not grasped this issue with both hands. MESSAGE TO OBAMA AND DEMOCRATS: THIS IS A BIG-TIME WINNING ISSUE–DON’T JUST STAND THERE, RUN WITH IT! Look at the positives behind such a policy:

It’s a big boost for millions of Americans and for our foundering grassroots economy, plus it comes with a powerful moral argument that makes it compelling to big majorities.

Eighteen states have already raised their minimums above the federal level, eight of which have made future raises automatic by indexing the wage to rises in the cost of living.  Among states considering raises this year, battles are being fought in Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, and New York.
Not only do labor and a host of progressive organizations back an increase, but so do thousands of businesses, ranging from Costco to local independents, as well as such associations as Business For a Fair Minimum Wage, the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, and the US Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
Many Republican lawmakers are on board for an increase–the 2007 bill raising the wage by $2.10 got the support of 82 House Republicans and five senators (not a huge number, but a significant bipartisan showing).
Most important of all, the public is overwhelmingly behind the increase. This June, a Zogby Analytics survey of likely voters found seven out of 10 supporting a raise above $10 an hour (including 54 percent of Republicans). Notably, 71 percent of young people (18-23 years old) favored it. Likewise, last November’s “American Values Survey” by the Public Religion Research Institute shows two-thirds of Americans in favor of a $10-per-hour minimum. Included among the supporters were these interesting tallies:
52 percent of Republicans
66 percent of Independents
74 percent of women
73 percent of 18-29-year-olds
73 percent of Catholics
61 percent of white evangelical Protestants
63 percent of college grads
65 percent of those making over $100,000 a year

The only two groups to oppose the raise to $10 were (1) 56 percent of those who identify with the tea party, and (2) 54 percent of those whose most trusted news source is Fox TV.”