Minimum Wage Survey: Three Quarters of Americans Support Plan to Raise Wages

In his State of the Union address this week, President Obama unveiled a plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour by 2015. This could help hourly workers support their families and stimulate the economy, but some critics worry that this move could eliminate jobs by burdening businesses. What does the American public think about this idea?

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Raising Minimum Wage

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 75% said they definitely think the federal minimum wage should be raised to $9 by 2015. 15% said they don’t support the President’s plan. And 11% said they are undecided.

In general, 63% of respondents said they definitely think the minimum wage should be raised regularly to make up for inflation. 25% said they would probably support such a plan. 10% said they probably wouldn’t support such a plan. And only 3% said they definitely would not support a plan to regularly raise the federal minimum wage.

Minimum Wage Workers

Overall, 7% of respondents said they currently work for minimum wage. Another 74% said they have worked minimum wage jobs in the past. And just 19% said they have never worked for minimum wage.

Only 3% of overall respondents said they think minimum wage is definitely enough for an individual to reasonably live on. 12% said they think minimum wage is reasonable in most cases. 49% said they don’t think that minimum wage is a reasonable amount for most workers to live on. 33% said they don’t think minimum wage is ever reasonable. And 3% were unsure. Of those who have made minimum wage, just 2% said it is definitely reasonable, and 10% said it is reasonable in most cases.

Economic Impact

In general, only 8% of respondents said they are more worried about businesses creating jobs than workers getting a livable wage. 27% said they are more worried about workers’ wages than businesses creating jobs. And 66% said they worry about both factors equally.

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.

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Results were collected on February 14 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.