Pew Research Center Survey Finds That ‘Most Americans Support’ A $15 Federal Minimum Wage
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - About 6-in-10 U.S. adults (62%) say they favor raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $15 an hour, including 40% who strongly back the idea.
About 4-in-10 (38%) say they oppose the proposal, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted April 5-11.
The Biden Administration and many Congressional Democrats favor increasing the Federal Minimum Wage to $15 an hour from the current rate of $7.25 an hour, but the proposal’s fate in the Senate is uncertain.
Some Senators, including several Democrats, support a more modest increase in the wage.
Among the public, those who back a $15 minimum wage are fairly divided over how to approach the issue if there is insufficient support in Congress for an increase to that amount this year.
A narrow majority of these Americans (54%) say leaders should focus on passing an increase to the wage “even if it may be significantly less than $15 an hour,” while 43% say the priority should be to work to raise the Hourly Minimum Wage to $15 “even if no increase makes it into law this year.”
Among those who oppose raising the Minimum Wage to $15 an hour, a substantial majority (71%) say the Federal Minimum Wage should be increased, but that the standard should be less than $15 an hour.
Those who hold this view account for 27% of the overall public.
Only 1-in-10 Americans in all say the Federal Minimum Wage should remain at the current level of $7.25 an hour.
Support for raising the Minimum Wage to $15 an hour is extensive across most demographic groups, according to the survey, which was conducted among 5,109 U.S. adults.
Black adults in particular stand out for their support: 89% favor raising the Minimum Wage to $15 an hour, including 73% who support the idea strongly.
About three-quarters of Hispanic (76%) and Asian Americans (73%) also favor raising the Minimum Wage to $15 an hour, with 52% of Hispanics and 43% of Asians saying they strongly support the idea.
White adults, by contrast, are divided: 51% favor raising the Minimum Wage to $15 an hour - including just 30% who strongly favor it - while 48% oppose it.
About 7-in-10 adults who live in lower-income households (72%) say they favor raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $15 an hour, including about half (52%) who strongly favor such an increase.
Smaller majorities of those in middle- (58%) and upper-income households (55%) say they favor a $15 minimum wage.
There are sharp partisan differences in opinions.
While 87% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning Independents say they favor increasing the wage to $15 an hour (including 61% who strongly favor it), 72% of Republicans and GOP-leaners oppose the idea (including 45% who strongly oppose it).
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