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Few Americans Support $15 Minimum Wage In Their State

Friday, April 08, 2016

New York and California recently passed bills that will gradually raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour, and several other states are considering similar legislation. Most Americans want their state’s hourly minimum wage to be above the federal level of $7.25, but they aren’t quite willing to go as high as $15.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 20% of American Adults want the minimum hourly wage in their state to stay at $7.25. Seventy-four percent (74%) want it to be higher, but that includes only 12% who prefer the $15 level. Three percent (3%) think their state's minimum wage should be even higher than that.

Twenty-three percent (23%) are comfortable with $9.50 an hour, while 24% would make the minimum hourly wage $10.50. Twelve percent (12%) want the minimum wage to be $12.50. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 3-4, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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