A new study by the non-profit group the National Employment Law Project suggests that Americans on both sides of the political divide support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The poll, given to over 1,000 adults nationwide shows strong support for raising the minimum wage.
Eight in ten adults (80%) approve of this minimum wage proposal, including 46% who strongly approve, and just 20% disapprove. Support is equally strong among registered voters (79%), and is well over 70% in every region of the country. Approval is voiced not only by Democrats (92%) and low-income adults (83%), but also by such traditionally conservative groups as Republicans (62%), southern whites (75%), and those with incomes over $100,000 (79%). We also find solid support for the $10.10 minimum wage among swing political constituencies, including independents (80%) and non-college whites (80%).
The poll shows that even people making over $100,000 a year support the proposal by 79% with no lower than a 70% approval rating across the board in any part of the country. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25/hr and hasn’t been raised in four years, since July 2009.
Currently 40% of workers make less than the 1968 minimum wage when inflation is accounted for. Even if the minimum wage were to miraculously jump from $7.25/hr to $10.10/hr that would still be making less than the equivalent the $10.74/hr that people were earning in 1968 according to statistics from the Bureau of Labor.