Westport Poll: Do You Support Raising The Minimum Wage To $10.10?

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President Barack Obama will rally for an increased minimum wage on Wednesday in Connecticut.
President Barack Obama will rally for an increased minimum wage on Wednesday in Connecticut. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- With President Barack Obama scheduled to rally in Connecticut on Wednesday for an increase in the federal minimum wage, a new poll is showing strong support for the plan in the state. 

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Do you support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour in Connecticut?

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Do you support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour in Connecticut?

  • No, that is too high for minimum wage work

    25%
  • No, the economy is not strong enough to support that wage

    21%
  • No, the minimum wage should be higher but that is too high

    5%
  • Yes, that is a fair wage

    30%
  • Yes, the economy needs a boost and this would do it

    19%
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Connecticut voters support 71 percent to 25 percent raising the state's minimum wage, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Tuesday, March 4.

Obama is pushing for an increase to $10.10 an hour, a plan that is supported by Gov. Dannel Malloy at the state level. Both will appear at the rally at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain to rally support for the plan Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor Committee approved legislation that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $10.10.

“For too long, the minimum wage has not kept up with the cost of living,” said Malloy in a statement. “As studies have shown, the workers who would benefit from a minimum wage increase brought home 46 percent of their household’s total wage and salary income in 2011. When workers earn more money, businesses will have more customers. This modest boost will help those earning the least to make ends meet.”

In the Quinnipiac poll, support for increasing the minimum wage is 93 percent to 6 percent among Democrats and 73 percent to 23 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 53 percent to 41 percent.

Among women, support is 78 percent to 18 percent, the poll said, and support is 64 percent to 32 percent among men.

Support is 69 percent or higher among all age groups. When offered four choices, voters said:

  • 42 percent want to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour;
  • 8 percent want to increase it to something less than $10.10 per hour;
  • 20 percent want to increase it to more than $10.10 per hour;
  • 25 percent want no increase.

When asked whether a minimum wage increase would help rather than hurt Connecticut's economy, voters agree 47 percent to 28 percent. But Republicans say 57 percent to 17 percent that it would hurt the economy, the poll said.

The minimum wage in Connecticut was increased to $8.70 per hour on Jan. 1, 2014. A second increase to $9 per hour is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2015. In his State of the State address, Malloy proposed raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2017, mirroring recent national efforts by Obama and congressional leaders to raise the federal minimum wage to that same amount.

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the government either at the state level or federal has no business dictating a minimum wage. that is another form of welfare. lets econ 101 work. its supply and demand. a worker will be paid what he is worth given his skill level, education and scarcity of available talent to fill that job. not some arbitrary amount set by bureaucrats who have never held a job.

rmarra
I guess with your mind set or should I say lack of, you also support child labor.

Hey Lou Fool, this is typical for you liberals - instead of debate on facts insult the other voice. You statement is moronic as one has nothing to do with the other topic which is raising the Minimum wage.

My suggestion is for you to take an econ class and apply some basic economic principles to the concept of supply and demand. the market always knows better (read shop keeper or private industry) than the govt. so raising the wages to $10 will take the US out of this malaise we have been in since Obummer has been Pres? why not pay $20.00 or $100.00 per hour to everyone...if you think communism is so effective look at the economies of Russia or North Korea...

if you want to post - make sense first...

The report clearly states that raising the minimum wage will actually increase jobs... Why do these Republicans hate facts?

the report concludes the exact opposite. 500,000 fewer people will have jobs when the min wage is fully implemented.

Raising the Minimum Wage Would Help, Not Hurt, Our Economy Raising the minimum wage would be good for our economy. A higher minimum wage not only increases workers’ incomes—which is sorely needed to boost demand and get the economy going—but it also reduces turnover, cuts the costs that low-road employers impose on taxpayers, and pushes businesses toward a high-road, high-human-capital model. Despite these positive benefits, and the sad fact that the minimum wage is worth far less today than it was in the late 1960s, with the Senate set to vote to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, opponents will likely trot out the same unfounded argument that the minimum wage reduces employment. And with today’s unemployment rate stuck above 7 percent, we anticipate these types of arguments to reach a fevered pitch. The evidence, however, is clear: Raising the minimum wage does not have the harmful effects that critics claim. A significant body of academic research finds that raising the minimum wage does not result in job losses, even during periods when the unemployment rate is high. Critics of the minimum wage, however, often hold on to the claim that raising the minimum wage will lead to job losses and ultimately hurt the overall economy, exacerbating the problem of high unemployment. The argument that raising the minimum wage will increase unemployment is somewhat far-fetched, since the minimum wage impacts a relatively small share of the overall workforce, which is itself concentrated in certain industries such as restaurants and demographic groups such as teenagers. V

Here are some key takeaways from the CBO report:
1.More than 700,000 American workers would be lifted out of poverty
More than 1 million retail workers and their family members live in or close to poverty. By raising the minimum wage of full-time workers to the equivalent of $12.25 per hour, 734,075 people would be lifted out of poverty and an additional 769,191 people living near the poverty line would see their incomes rise to more than 150 percent above the poverty line.
2.GDP would rise by as much as $15.2 billion
A wage increase to $12.25 an hour would impact more than 5 million workers and their families. As these families have access to more money, they will spend more, translating to as much as $15.2 billion in new economic activity, according to Demos.

3.132,000 new jobs could be created
If the increase in economic activity reached $15.2 billion, retailers would need 132,000 new employees.

4.The wage increase would actually only cost retailers about 1 percent of total sales
Large retailers would need to absorb the higher labor cost for the 3.5 million workers earning less than $12.25 per hour. But according to Demos, most of this increase in costs would be returned to the firm in the form of productivity gains and increased revenues, amounting to only 1 percent of their total yearly sales.

5.It would generate as much as $5 billion in additional retail revenue
In fact, assuming that low-income families spend rather than save the money from the wage increase, retailers could expect at least 20 cents in new revenue for every additional payroll dollar. That would have added up to as much as $5 billion in 2012.

6.The average shopper would pay just 15 cents more per shopping trip at most
Even if the nation's largest retailers decided to pass off the cost of a $12.25 minimum wage increase entirely to customers, Demos found that an average household would spend just 7 to 15 cents more per shopping trip.

its not the governments role to determine what private industry is paying in wages to its employees...it is the manager or business owner.

forcing employers to pay more for hiring inflicts the same damage as Obamacare is now doing.. if you raise costs for the business - they have two options 1) raise prices or 2) cut costs somewhere else. where do you think the increased cost is borne? by the consumer in higher prices...if prices are too high the consumer is free to shop somewhere else. from companies that manufacture overseas where costs are lower. what happens then? the US company starts to layoff workers to cut costs to make payroll etc. then what happens? unemployment starts to rise...guess what? that is what has been happening since Obama got into office. and his dem pals signed thousands of regulations into law. so we have the worst recovery since WWII. the Reagan recovery had 8% growth after a recession that was far worse than 2009. where is our recovery? spent on wasteful govt programs...Money spent by bureaucrats who couldnt run a lemonade stand is taken out of the private markets...and put into govt hands...that leaves less for private investment. that is where jobs come from, not 100 senators dreaming up pork projects for themselves and folks at home.. wake up to what has happened to America...

An even $50 an hour sounds fair--more if they can speak any English.

the US Government's own study says it will help some, but overall hurt more.....a net LOSS of 500,000 jobs. (source: CBO report, Feb 2014)

the free market is smarter than any politician. let it work.