By Erik Wasson - 11/11/13 04:28 PM EST
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 HarkinTom HarkinGrassley challenger no stranger to defying odds Clinton ally stands between Sanders and chairmanship dream Do candidates care about our health or just how much it costs? MORE (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.