Slightly above half of Americans favor elevating the federal minimal wage to $15, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds. Fifty-two % assist the transfer, in response to the ballot, with 35% opposed and the remainder unsure.
The proposal fared much less properly within the Senate this week, the place a majority ― together with eight Democrats ― effectively killed an modification to the coronavirus aid invoice that might have raised the present $7.25 hourly minimal wage to $15 over 5 years.
In the HuffPost/YouGov ballot, carried out Monday by means of Wednesday, an 85% majority of Democrats say they again a rise, with simply 7% opposed. Republicans are opposed, 68% to 18%.
There’s comparable polarization when Americans are requested to decide on between two competing arguments on the possible results of a minimal wage hike. Roughly three-quarters of Republicans say doing so would extra possible damage staff by inflicting companies to rent fewer folks, whereas 72% of Democrats say it could extra possible assist staff by giving them higher revenue. Opinion as a complete is cut up about evenly between these views.
By distinction, there’s a smaller financial divide: 59% of individuals in households making underneath $50,000 yearly say they assist a rise to $15, in comparison with 46% in higher-earning households.
Slightly over one-fifth of Americans, 22%, say they consider elevating the minimal wage to $15 would straight assist them and their household, with the remainder predicting they’d be unaffected (39%) or damage (25%), or saying they’re undecided.
Even although the query asks about private ramifications fairly than political desire, the solutions are nonetheless clearly filtered by means of a layer of partisanship. Democrats making lower than $50,000 a 12 months are roughly 29 share factors likelier than Republicans in the identical revenue bracket to foretell they’d be helped by a minimal wage enhance. Republicans making $50,000 or extra are 54 factors extra possible than Democrats in the identical vary to say they’d be negatively affected.
A lack of perceived private stakes doesn’t essentially imply folks don’t have sturdy emotions concerning the difficulty. Sixty % of Americans who favor a $15 minimal wage say it’s crucial to them that Congress works to make that occur ― together with 69% of supporters who anticipate they’d be helped by the measure and a 56% majority of supporters who don’t suppose they’d be personally affected. On the opposing facet, 61% of these oppose elevating the minimal wage say it’s crucial to them that Congress doesn’t achieve this.
The HuffPost/YouGov ballot consisted of 1,000 accomplished interviews carried out March 1-3 amongst U.S. adults, utilizing a pattern chosen from YouGov’s opt-in on-line panel to match the demographics and different traits of the grownup U.S. inhabitants.
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