Most Americans want a $10 hourly minimum wage
About 80% support a boost to the federal baseline rate, according to a poll. One reason may be that more Americans are working low-paying jobs.
In the battle over the minimum wage, the popular sentiment is leaning toward giving low-earning workers a raise.
Some 80% of American adults want the minimum wage boosted to $10.10 an hour, while only 20% disapprove, according to a poll from Hart Research Associates.
Support was strongest among Democrats, with 92% agreeing the baseline wage should be increased to $10.10. But a majority of Republicans also support the boost, albeit at a lower 62%.
The reason behind the widespread approval for a minimum wage increase might be tied to the fact that more Americans are working lower-paying jobs. While unemployment is easing, much of the gain has come via jobs that pay rock-bottom rates. Friday's job report lowered the unemployment rate to 7.4%, but average earnings fell by 2 cents to $23.98 an hour.
Two of the industries that continue to hire are retail stores and restaurants, with merchants adding 47,000 jobs in July and dining and drinking establishments adding 38,000 last month. But those two industries are known for paying minimum wage -- or less, when it comes to hiring tip-based employees such as waiters and waitresses.
"Four years into the recovery, nearly 20 million Americans are unemployed or unable to get full-time work, wages are down and too many new jobs are falling at the low end of the pay scale," National Employment Law Project executive director Christine Owens said in a statement after the jobs report was released on Friday.
Congress might want to take note of the minimum wage poll by Hart Research, since more than half of registered voters said they'd be more likely to support candidates who want to boost the baseline wage to $10.10.
Even if Americans are increasingly living in a fast-food nation, that doesn't mean they want to earn peanuts.
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Republicans views a minimum wage job as a temporary position to get their foot in the door, make a few bucks while going to school, and as motivation to better themselves for something that pays more.
Democrats view minimum wage jobs as a career choice.
$10/hr is $400/week for full-timers, which is almost $20k per year. Labor from someone who can barely read or write or do simple math probably isn't worth 20k/yr. Labor from someone who can barely speak and understand English probably isn't worth 20k/yr. Labor from someone who is only capable of filling drink cups and wiping off tables and cleaning bathrooms probably isn't worth 20k/yr.
If you want to make more money, make yourself more valuable. No one is forced to work a minimum wage job. If your labor and/time really is worth more, you shouldn't have any trouble finding a better paying job.
fake president, fake economy, phoney inflation readings. nothing is real anymore. don't believe me? go ask alice.
If a person isn’t getting $10.00 an hour it’s because their labor isn’t worth $10.00 an hour to their employer. If the minimum wage increases to $10.00 an hour those people will not get $10.00 an hour, they’ll get fired.
"Most Americans want a $10 minimum wage"
A testament to the economic illiteracy of the American people.
Asian Rim. Any attempts at wage increases here in the States will be futile. Sorry but it just isn't in the game plan at this time.
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