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Update: 76% of Americans Favor Raising the Minimum Wage

by Jane Susskind, published

Up 5 percentage points from March, 76% of Americans would vote in favor of raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour.

The Gallup poll comes shortly after a White House official confirmed President Obama's support for the Fair Minimum Wage Act, a bill introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and widely supported by Democrats.

“The President has long supported raising the minimum wage so hardworking Americans can have a decent wage for a day’s works to support their families and make ends meet, and he supports the Harkin/Miller bill that accomplishes this important goal,” the official told TIME.

Of those polled, ,  the same percentage of Americans who support it as a whole.

Minimum wage currently rests at $7.50 and is not adjusted for inflation. If it did keep up with inflation, the minimum wage would be about $10.70.


Those opposed to raising the minimum, however, argue that it wont actually reduce poverty, it could lead to less working hours, and it will have a detrimental impact on young Americans.

Would you support raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour? What about $10.10 per hour, as proposed in the Fair Minimum Wage Act? 


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