Vast Majority of Americans Favor Increasing Minimum Wage

by Eliana Johnson

A recent Pew survey reveals that President Obama’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour from its current level of $7.25 has wide support among the American people: The public favors the measure by a 45-point margin, 71 percent to 26 percent.

And, while the fact that 87 percent of Democrats favor raising the minimum wage is no shock, it seems somewhat surprising that 50 percent of Republicans indicated their support for the measure. 

The survey contains another interesting finding, one that will put this week’s Capitol Hill drama in perspective: 72 percent of Americans have heard either nothing at all (29 percent) or only “a little” (43 percent) about the sequester. 

The survey was conducted from February 13 to 18.