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.