Poll: Most Americans Favor Higher Min. Wage and Extension of Unemployment Benefits

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January 8, 2014; CBS News


A poll done by Quinnipiac University shows that most American voters support raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits.

Seventy-one percent of voters say that they support an increase to the minimum wage, and only 28 percent are opposed. Among Republicans, 52 percent agree, while only 45 percent oppose the hike. When considering the new minimum wage, thirty-three percent want it to be raised to $10.10 an hour, 18 percent want a raise to more than $10.10 an hour, and 18 percent want it raised to between the current $7.25 an hour but below $10.10 an hour.

Fifty-eight percent of voters support a three-month extension of unemployment benefits, with 37 percent opposed to such a measure.

The poll surveyed 1,487 registered voters between January 4 and 7, 2014.—Ruth McCambridge

  • Robert Boxer

    I recently wrote an article about how an increase in the minimum wage rate increases unemployment. You can read it here: http://wp.me/p3N9zD-4e