Poll finds strong public support for raising minimum wage

Yesterday I told you about the four red states where voters on Tuesday supported raising the minimum wage.  Now more good news on this effort.

Tuesday evening Hart Research Associates polled voters in 11 Senate battleground states (Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kanas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina and New Hampshire).  You notice that many of these states voted to send Republicans to the U.S. Senate.

However, just as the voters in the four red states (Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota) actually voted to increase the minimum wage in their states, the voter opinion survey conducted by Hart Research Associates found the similar results—strong support for raising the minimum wage—but this time at the federal level.

Raising wages is good for workers and the economy:  68% of voters said that “raising wages and salaries is good because it improves people’s standard of living and boosts the economy by putting money in people’s pockets.” Voters supported “raising the federal minimum wage to ten dollars and ten cents per hour” by 62-34%.

Did you notice these voters understand the economic issue stated by the South Carolina Small Business Chamber for our endorsement for raising the federal minimum wage—“boosts the economy by putting more money in people’s pockets.”

As more people learn about the hard data showing that raising the minimum wage does not harm the economy and does not kill jobs, the opponents in Washington will find themselves more and more on the wrong side of public sentiment.  Then we’ll see action on this issue.

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