Fast Food Strike Survey: Most Support Some Wage Increases

Fast food workers in cities around the country have called a strike in an attempt to gain higher wages. The workers are asking for $15 an hour and the ability to unionize without retaliation. The debate over raising the minimum wage has been discussed often in Washington. What do Americans think about minimum wage and the fast food strike?

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Minimum Wage

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 9% of respondents said they currently work for minimum wage. Another 71% said they have worked for minimum wage in the past. And 20% said they’ve never held a minimum wage job.

In general, just 24% of respondents said they think the current minimum wage for US workers is fair. 55% think the current minimum wage is unfair. 14% were undecided. And 7% don’t know what the current minimum wage is. Those who have worked for minimum wage at some point were just 2% more likely to think the wage is unfair.

Fast Food Strike

More specific to the current situation, just 20% think that fast food workers should make $15 an hour, as they are asking for in strikes around the country. 48% said they don’t think fast food workers should necessarily make $15 an hour, but they should make more than they do now. 26% don’t think fast food workers need a wage increase. And 7% were undecided.


The other request in the current strikes is the ability for fast food workers to unionize without retaliation from their employers. 38% said they think all fast food workers should definitely have this right. Another 38% said they think fast food workers should be able to unionize in some cases. And 25% don’t think fast food workers should be able to unionize.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: Fast Food Workers Strike/ Protest in Chicago from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on May 18 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.