While perusing the news with the excellent Zite app the other night, I ran across an interesting article about public sentiment regarding possible changes to the federal minimum wage.
It described a “nationally representative” poll that asked if people thought the minimum wage should be raised, lowered, or left alone.
Interestingly, two-thirds of those surveyed supported an increase. Moreover, the majority of those backing an increase wanted to see it go to $10/hour or more.
For context, the current federal minimum wage is $7.25/hour (though some states have higher minimums), having last been increased in 2007. Congress has, however, recently considered raising the minimum wage to $10.10/hour.
Note: If you’re curious about what this all means in real (i.e., inflation-adjusted) terms, check out my earlier article detailing the history of the minimum wage.
In terms of who thinks what, women favor an increase more than men (70% vs 62%). And, politically speaking, Democrats are far more supportive than Republicans (88% vs. 47%); Independents (64%) in the middle. But in terms of age, there appears to be little difference between those above and below 50 years of age.
So now I have two questions for you…
What do you think should happen to the minimum wage? And what do you think will happen to it? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts.