Poll: Americans Want Minimum Wage Hike -- But Not $15

A hefty increase in the minimum wage may be resonating in Seattle, but it sure as heck isn’t with most of the country. A mere 18 percent of the American public want it higher than the $10.10 an hour that President Obama supports.

According to a national Quinnipac University poll, 71 percent of the country supports raising the current $7.25-an-hour federal minimum wage, but 51 percent of those respondents say it should be set at $10.10 – or even less than that – and 27 percent believe no increase is in order at all.

The poll, which surveyed nearly 1,500 American adults, was conducted January 4-7 and has a margin of error of 2.5 percent.

A higher minimum wage enjoys broad support, 65 percent among men and 76 percent with womean, and even a 54-45 percent majority of Republicans, though House Speaker John Boehner has said he opposes an increase and indicated he’ll stop any vote on it in the Republican-run House.

Washington has the nation’s highest state minimum wage at $9.32 an hour and the city of SeaTac narrowly voted in the November election for a $15 wage.

 
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