Poll Finds Minimum Wage Increases Have Broad-Based Agreement

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In early December, fast food workers went on strike again, protesting the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Shortly after the strikes occurred, the Washington Post and ABC News conducted a December poll, asking for responses to questions about income inequality in America and the minimum wage.

Results showed that 66 percent of respondents favor an increase in the minimum wage, agreeing with the idea that raising pay will assist low-income workers. That statement was pitted against the idea that raising the minimum wage will cause businesses to cut jobs; 31 percent opposed a minimum wage hike.

It was an issue that split liberals and conservatives but still won majority support from every group. Liberal and Democratic support sat at 85 percent, while Republicans agreed at a 50 percent rate, and conservatives at 53 percent. Independents wanted to raise pay 65 percent of the time, and 71 percent of moderates chose an increase.

Raising the minimum wage is a policy that generally garners more Democratic, or liberal, support than it does from Republicans and conservatives. Part of this is due to what each group believes is the responsibility of the government.

The poll also asked if the federal government should or should not act to reduce income inequality. The should pursue/should not pursue split for Democrats was 76/19. Republicans had a 40/54 view on the matter, and independents were in the middle of the two camps at 58/37.

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