Skip to main content

Another poll has found massive support—71 percent support, to be exact—for raising the minimum wage to $9.00 from its current level of $7.25. Two weeks ago, 71 percent of people told Pew they supported the increase. This week, it's Gallup. And, once again, 50 percent of Republicans said they supported a $9.00 minimum wage.

Senior citizens would raise the minimum wage by 67 percent to 31 percent. Middle-income people earning between $24,000 and $59,999 would raise it by 68 percent to 31 percent. Among people earning less than $24,000—some of them doubtless earning the minimum wage themselves—87 percent say they would increase it. People earning $60,000 or more support the $9.00 minimum wage at lower rates but still by relatively strong majorities—59 percent for those between $60,000 and $89,999 and 62 percent for those earning more than $90,000.

While 71 percent is strikingly high support for a policy that the politicians of one party fiercely oppose, Gallup notes that it found even higher support for raising the minimum wage at several points between 1995 and 2005, and suggests that perhaps support is as low as 71 percent in part because the president's proposed increase of $1.75, from $7.25 to $9.00, is larger than past increases. That's an odd take, since what Gallup presents as three raises of 70 cents in 2007, 2008, and 2009 was passed in one piece of legislation in 2007, but it's also the case that at the time that legislation was passed, the minimum wage had not risen in a decade. Now, of course, the minimum wage has "only" been frozen since 2009.

The thing of it is, while a raise from $7.25 to $9.00 would be a wonderful thing, the minimum wage really should be higher than that. In fact, even Barack Obama circa 2008 said so, campaigning on a $9.50 minimum wage tied to inflation. And as we know with today's Republicans, you don't do better when you start out by compromising. The minimum wage should be more like $10.00, and in fact, there's a Democratic proposal in Congress to raise it to $10.10, close to its 1968 value. A minimum wage of $10.10, indexed to inflation, would be a huge poverty-reduction policy—and a policy that encouraged work by making work pay.

Tell Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 and tie it to inflation.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 07:15 AM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, Daily Kos Economics, and Daily Kos.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site