By Erik Wasson
Gallup finds growing support for wage hike
Support is rising for a proposal to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9, a new Gallup survey has found.
Voters now support the increase by a 76 percent to 22 percent margin, up from 71 percent to 27 percent recorded in March.
Republicans support the increase on a 58 percent to 39 percent basis, while 91 percent of Democrats said they support the idea.
The Gallup numbers come as the Obama administration is renewing its push for a minimum wage increase, and as the Senate prepares to hold a vote on it before the Thanksgiving recess.
Obama proposed an increase to $9 in his State of the Union address. His proposal also included indexing the wage to inflation.
Senate Democratic leaders want a $10.10 minimum wage, and the administration has started to signal support for a bill to do so, which was proposed by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).
The inflation adjustment part of the Obama proposal is slightly less popular than the one-time increase, garnering 69 percent support with 28 percent opposition.
Gallup’s poll sampled 1,040 adults from Nov. 5 to Nov. 6 and has a 4-percentage-point margin of error.