“In the poll from USA Today/Pew Research Center, 71% of Americans back increasing the minimum wage to $9 an hour from $7.25 currently, with 26% opposed. The plan, introduced by Mr. Obama in his State of the Union address, has 87% support among Democrats and 68% support among independents. Among Republicans, 50% back the measure, with 47% opposed.
People who identified themselves as agreeing with the tea party opposed the minimum wage measure 64% to 32%.
President Obama’s plan would raise the minimum wage and link additional increases to inflation. As we noted last week, the idea has met resistance among Republican lawmakers, who worry that it would add costs to businesses, which would then hire fewer workers.
The survey polled 1,504 adults and was conducted Feb. 13-18.
Compare current support to a November 7th-10th, 2005 Gallup Poll, which found that 83% of Americans favor congressional legislation to raise the minimum wage.