Politics Magazine

Most Americans Support Raising The Minimum Wage

Posted on the 14 May 2016 by Jobsanger
Most Americans Support Raising The Minimum Wage
Most Americans Support Raising The Minimum Wage
Most Americans Support Raising The Minimum Wage
The Republicans in Congress are opposed to raising the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour -- even though that is a poverty wage. And their presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has also gone on record as opposing it. In fact, Trump has said that workers in this country are paid too much.
Those Republicans are out-of-step with most Americans. Americans don't think anyone who is willing to work hard for 40 hours a week should not be paid a wage that leaves them in poverty. A whopping 78% of the general public supports raising the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour. And every demographic group shows majority support for that, including Republicans (61%). [see top chart]
Both Democratic candidates have come out in favor of raising the minimum wage. Bernie Sanders wants to raise it to $15 an hour. Hillary Clinton wants to leave it up to each state, but would impose a minimum wage floor of $12 an hour. Clinton's $12 an hour level has the support of only about half the population (49%), while Sanders' $15 an hour level only has the support of about a quarter of the public (26%).
It seems that most Americans would like to see the raise -- more than the Republican officials want, but less than the Democratic officials are asking for. While I would love to see the minimum wage raised to $15 an hour, I would happily settle for $10 an hour (which is supported by three-quarters of the public). But if it's raised to $10 an hour, it needs to be tied to the rate of inflation. Otherwise, it would immediately start losing its buying power, and in just a few years most minimum wage workers would again be making a poverty wage.
These charts were made from a recent Public Policy Polling survey -- done between May 6th and 9th of a random national sample of 1,222 registered voters, with a 3.2 point margin of error.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Regulatory Failure

    Regulatory Failure

    When we think of the issues of health and safety that exist in a modern complex economy, it is impossible to imagine that these social goods will be produced... Read more

    The 23 April 2018 by   Dlittle30
  • Is Bulk Hand-Regging Domains Worth the Time and Money Invested?

    Bulk Hand-Regging Domains Worth Time Money Invested?

    From Ali Zandi to Josh E to Rick Schwartz, it’s alway interesting and entertaining to watch industry vets do their thing — especially when the topic is hand... Read more

    The 23 April 2018 by   Worldwide
  • Video: Spring Flooding in Yosemite National Park

    Video: Spring Flooding Yosemite National Park

    Heavy rains and rapid snow melt off have hit Yosemite National Park hard this spring. The park has had some of its more popular and iconic places closed due to... Read more

    The 23 April 2018 by   Kungfujedi
  • The Verdi Project: Rigoletto

    Verdi Project: Rigoletto

    In which our composer creates a sensation and changes the world of opera, forever. by Paul J. Pelkonen Tito Gobbi (with Renata Scotto) looking suitably... Read more

    The 23 April 2018 by   Superconductor
  • the Ship is Sinking

    Mishpacha Magazine (Hebrew edition) has been running an initiative recently promoting new young couples in the Haredi community take on their own mortgages... Read more

    The 23 April 2018 by   Gldmeier
  • Flower Power: Beyond the Beauty

    If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” – Lord Buddha. Life is a journey that is full of special moments; like... Read more

    The 23 April 2018 by   Meet Rv
  • Dress To Impress! 5 Dresses For Your First Date

    Dress Impress! Dresses Your First Date

    Are you looking to make a great first impression on a new man when you show up for your first date with him? Are you conflicted as to how to dress, what... Read more

    The 23 April 2018 by   Meet Rv