Skip to comments.Gallup: Most Americans for Raising Minimum Wage
Posted on 11/12/2013 7:42:45 AM PST by SeekAndFind
With momentum building at the federal and state level to increase hourly base pay, more than three-quarters of Americans (76%) say they would vote for raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour (it is currently $7.25) in a hypothetical national referendum, a five-percentage-point increase since March. About one-fifth (22%) would vote against this.
Voters in New Jersey amended the state constitution last week to raise the minimum wage $1 to $8.25, by 61% to 39%. Yet a Gallup poll conducted Nov. 5-6 shows that an even greater percentage of Americans would vote for an even higher minimum wage. Of course, Congress, rather than the people via a national vote, holds the actual authority to raise the minimum wage. Despite President Barack Obama's State of the Union call to raise the wage to $9 -- and widespread rallies populated mainly by hourly fast-food workers -- legislation that would accomplish this goal has thus far languished. More recently, the Obama administration has voiced support for the Harkin-Miller bill, which would raise the minimum wage even higher -- to $10.10.
A law that would raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour with automatic increases tied to the inflation rate is only slightly less popular, with 69% saying they would vote for it, and 28% against it. The amendment New Jersey voters passed does link the wage to inflation, but many legislative bills have not done that.
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Chase off yet more American jobs.
If everybody made $100 an hour we could all be rich!
And we’re purportedly a right of center country? This is the epitome of Leftism.
Who needs jobs...less jobs when the costs go up...and less people can buy the service or product as the price goes up...and the kids don´t get to have a job in the summer or after school..where they learn how to work...show up on time..do something with their hands...produce something...be a productive member of society....no ..we don´t need to teach those skills...
Stupid people who think there is a free lunch and the government can just wave a wand and make everyone better off. Hasn’t the 0bamacare fiasco given them enough evidence that government can’t create wealth. It can only loot wealth and waste it.
From $7.25 to $9.00 is a 25% increase. Ask those same people if they would favor a government policy that would raise the cost of a McDonald’s happy meal, their groceries and their Starbucks by 25% and you will get a 180 poll result.
“And were purportedly a right of center country?”
A right of center country would not elect Obama to two terms.
Ugh. Enough with the mob rule.
How about Gallup does a poll on how many are on medication and too much in a stupor to make good judgement
Raising Minimum Wage = Lay Offs
while I realize that we live in a Nation hampered by communist Propoganada...I find it difficult to believe that MOST people are ignorant of the economic facts of life to “vote for” an increase in the minimum wage....PARTICULARY at the moment.
money has yet to emerge form thin air.
I don't believe that it did. Even with an Ultra-RINO running on the Republican ticket, suppressing conservative voter participation, Obama would NEVER have won without rampant voter fraud. It is a refined art to them, now.
In other news 93% of Americans polled want a pony.
Here’s another way to aks that question.
“If the minimum wage were increased to $9.00/hour and it meant your milkshake, fries and McRib sandwich increased in cost by $1.00 would you be in favor?”
Such folks are the same ones who believe the public debt not to be a problem, and government-controlled health care to be a "blessing."
For decades now, and especially with a committed "redistributionist" as their leader, the so-called "progressive" Democrats (and some whose Party label is Republican) have refused to acknowledge the simple logic of America's 200-year success formula, and the writings of centuries of enlightened, freedom-loving individuals.
They, in their overwhelming desire for accumulation of power of government over people, acknowledge the taxing power as useful for restraining motivation toward what they deem to be undesirable behavior.
On the other hand, they deny the certain fact that "taking," or taxing productive citizens also discourages and restrains motivation.
Democrats, under Obama, now have endangered the liberty of millions yet unborn with their illogical arguments on behalf of "taking" and "redistributing" the earnings of hard-working Americans. They claim they are "taking care" of those who elected them. Their "taking care" amounts to enslaving every citizen, born and unborn, for generations to come.
Their claims would fall on deaf ears, if most citizens understood their Constitution's limits on the powers of government.
Let's hear what some Founders said about the policies of today's "progressive" regressive Democrats.
"To preserve [the] independence [of the people,] we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses, and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account, but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers." --Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816. ME 15:39
"I deem [this one of] the essential principles of our government and consequently [one] which ought to shape its administration:... The honest payment of our debts and sacred preservation of the public faith." --Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural, 1801. ME 3:322
"I sincerely believe... that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale." --Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, 1816. ME 15:23
"[With the decline of society] begins, indeed, the bellum omnium in omnia [war of all against all], which some philosophers observing to be so general in this world, have mistaken it for the natural, instead of the abusive state of man. And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression." --Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816. ME 15:40
"Is it now high time for the people of this country to explicitly declare whether they will be free men or slaves. It is an important question which ought to be decided. It concerns more than anything in this life. The salvation of our souls is interested in this event. For wherever tyranny is established, immorality of every kind comes in like a torrent, it is in the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice. - Samuel Adams
The utopian schemes of leveling and a community of goods, are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the crown. These ideas are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government unconstitutional. - Samuel Adams
Lest any attribute some benevolent motive to those who have forced this coercive measure upon us, we might add the wisdom of C. S. Lewis:
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." - C. S. Lewis
There minimum wage questions are always posed without the consequences, so why wouldn’t people agree to raising it? It’s no different than asking people who don’t pay taxes if taxes (on millionaires) should be raised. Sure, why not?
Most Americans don’t know what the “minimum wage” is all about. Most American have become stupid fools. That explains why we have America’s first enemy-as-president.
I’m sorry, but people are indeed that ignorant.
THe question no one ever answers. If raising the minimum wage through government compulsion is such a good idea, why not raise it to $50 or $100 per hour and then force employers to scale everyone elses wages accordingly. That way everyone will have “a living wage”.
Liberals are such morons.
The other 24% of us who are against raising the minimum wage received a passing grade in Econ 101.
In the past couple of weeks I went to sonics with my son to get coffee, they didn’t get either order right. Yeah they need $10 an hr. Next went to a el pio loco and once again they couldn’t get an order right, the couon must have really confused them. ETC ETC ETC.............
They’re either kids who know that they wont be doing this for ever and they don’t care.
Problem is that most people do not ubderstand the impact of raising the minimum wage. Perhaps if they did, they might change their minds.
“would you support raising the minimum wage to 9 dollars?” most would say “hell ya!!”
Now.. if you ask it correctly..
“Would you support raising the minimum wage to 9 dollars if it resulted in higher prices at fast food establishments and other retailers as well as job losses for those trying to get a foot hold in the job market?”
That question will likely get you a “hell no!”
I’d like to get a 25% raise for having minimum skills.
Raise minimum wage, increase inflation, raise my wages as a result, and I pay off the house that much quicker. Of course, should I retire then my savings are also diluted with this Ponzi scheme.
Let's see. Since labor is only 25% of the retail price(food industry average) then; if wages go up 25% then the price of the happy meal goes from up 6.25% NOT 25%.
He who commissions the poll gets to decide what numbers he gets.
If EBT recipients knew where their money was coming from,
would they stop demanding it?
RE: Raise minimum wage, increase inflation, raise my wages as a result, and I pay off the house that much quicker.
Hopefully, your interest rate is FIXED. For those planning to start a mortgage, this will cause mortgage rates to INCREASE.
The problem is that most people don’t understand the ramifications of the increased minimum wage. So it sounds like the right thing to do.
Too many Americans are totally stupid.
If they raise the minimum wage , everything you buy will become even more expensive.
Business’s are not going to just soak up this cost, They will pass it on.
The we will have Higher priced Insurance taking away our extra money ,over paid employees soaking money up, Less people getting jobs, Working less hours, the inflation spiral going up and in a couple of months it will all even out and those who got raises will be right back where they started and the rest of us will have less.
course they are....its not their payroll
are most Americans in favor of free sundaes
free White Rhino?
free multiple orgasms?
free Vieve Cliquot?
“Hopefully, your interest rate is FIXED. “
Anyone with an adjustable rate mortgage right now is playing with fire. When rates are this low you get a fixed rate mortgage as they can only go up from here. I have a 3.75%. If they drop to 3.25% or lower I’ll refi. No way I would risk getting a 2.5% ARM just to watch it get jacked to some 1970’s rate that exceeded 21% in some cases.
First, even if a majority of Americans supported the lynching of blacks, that still doesn’t make it moral, let alone the right thing to do. Ditto raising the minimum wage.
Second, there is no provision anywhere in the Constitution that gives the federal government the authority to set wages, so even if it were the right thing to do, it still can’t legally do it. States or counties, maybe, but not the federal government. Let’s see how Seattle’s experiment with a $15/hr minimum wage goes, and see if others wish to copy the example. (Why not decree the minimum wage to be $100/hr? Then everyone would be rich! Everyone who still had a job, that is.)
Not sure why I was thinking about minimum wage during my shower this morning...
It’s more proof that Americans are failing each other by failing to teach and understand Econ 101. I wish I would have had Econ in high school. It really was such an eye-opener when I finally got it in college and was one of the influential factors in solidifying my conservative views.
Just wonderful-— I had a small burrito and a medium drink for $5.25 at Taco Casa. Surely its not high dollar but the value is poor and I hate shelling out $$ for increasingly nothing these days. We consumers ultimately choose to pay or not and raising minimum wages too high is a bad idea.
Here’s the scheme
minimum wage of 10/hour
everybody works for gumint
gummint has to confiscate the wealth of private citizens to pay “minimum wage”
guess what gummint?
No, but if people thought that they could lose their job they might. Or if they thought that because the store had to pay more money to the people at the checkout, they are now getting less food with their card.
Crazy! But dems will do this soon. That is why this poll.
I vote for $50/hr. nice round number.
Yeah why not. The morons will get pissed paying 25 bucks for a Big Mac or Rubber Nuggets.
75% of Americans have no concept of the basic economic prinicples you are referring to. Their opinions are molded by largely by the entertainment industry. The people in the entertainment industry are generally more insulated from reality than those whose opinions they are molding. It makes for a bizarre and irrational negative feedback.
I think it should be $500 per hour. Then when bread goes up to $250 a loaf, it will have to be raised to $600 per hour, and when bread goes to $300, etc etc.
But of course most people don’t understand and think money comes from the government wishing it into existence. Sadly, they are almost right.
Buy off Gallup and you have the MSM running for a cheap story.
Film at eleven.
Always has been.
Not only is it “free* (to those being polled) but Dems have crafted their own economic arguments that raising the minimum wage leads to MORE job creation, not less.
This one fool went on Melissa Harris Perry’s show Saturday and said that it would kill some jobs and he got called a liar by some gay sounding white lib.
If this is to be believed, then you must believe “most Americans” are totally ignorant of economics and are lacking in basic business principals that protect them and their families from poverty. I believe...
...from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again into bondage.
-Alexander Tyler, 1750
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