A new poll from Quinnipiac University this week shows that 71% of Americans favor raising the minimum wage, compared to just 27% who oppose it. A poll conducted by Gallup also found that 71% of Americans favor raising the minimum wage, and back in June, the National Employment Law Project commissioned a poll that found a staggering 80% of Americans favor raising the minimum wage.
Quinnipiac University’s report broke down the respondents by political affiliation, race, and income group, and here are four demographics that surprisingly favor raising the minimum wage:
Republicans: 71% of Republicans favor raising the minimum wage, compared to just 27% who oppose it. This is a dramatic contrast from Republican politicians who have opposed raising the minimum wage out of concern for businesses and the economy.
Rich Households: 66% of those in households earning more than $100,000/year favor raising the minimum wage. Also of note, 63% of households earning $50-100k/year also support raising the minimum wage. Although many wouldn’t consider that group “rich,” what these numbers show is that families who don’t even rely on minimum wage jobs to support their families are still in huge support of raising the minimum wage, possibly moved by people they know or experiences they’ve had in their own lives.
Persons Over 65: 76% of those aged 65+ are in favor of raising the minimum wage. Some like to think that 18-29 year olds are the ones working at minimum wage levels, but that’s not the reality. The Department of Labor found that 49.4% of workers earning the minimum wage were over 25. Almost 20% were over 45, and 2.5% of them were over 65. Across all age groups, the majority of respondents favored raising the minimum wage.
Check out the polls for yourself below, and maybe you too will be left wondering why raising the minimum wage has not become a reality already.
- View all of the results from Quinnipiac University’s Poll here.
- View the results of Gallup’s November Poll here.
- View the results of the National Employment Law Project’s Poll here.
- Read the Department of Labor’s Labor Force Statistics on the Minimum Wage here.
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