Most Americans support a $15 minimum wage, but are split on how soon it should happen
- Over 60% of Americans definitely or probably support raising the
minimum wageto $15, an Insider poll found.
- Results came down along party lines; Democrats were more likely to support the increase.
- But the poll found more Americans support a gradual increase to $15 by 2025.
Over 60% of respondents in a new Insider poll would definitely or probably support a $15 minimum wage.
That increase -which would give 32 million Americans a raise - is currently a hot topic in Washington. Democrats, led by Sen.
In Insider's most recent poll, participants were asked: Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour?
- Of the 1,130 respondents, 44% said they would definitely support the increase, while 21% said they probably would.
- Conversely, 15% of respondents said they probably wouldn't support it, 17% said they definitely wouldn't, and 4% didn't know.
- 58% of respondents who said they would probably vote in their state's Democratic primaries or caucuses would "definitely" support an increase to $15 an hour.
- But 28% of likely Republican voters would "definitely" support the increase.
- Conversely, 9% of likely Democratic voters "definitely would not support" the raise, while 32% of likely Republican voters "definitely would not support it."
There was also some divide along generational lines:
- 52% of respondents between 30 and 44 "definitely would support" the increase, the highest percentage among age groups.
- Meanwhile, 25% of respondents over the age of 60 "definitely would not support" the raise.
- 39% said that, if the increase were to happen, the "$15 minimum wage should be implemented immediately."
- But 50% would "prefer a phased rollout, gradually raising the minimum wage annually to $15 in 2025."
SurveyMonkey Audience polls from a national sample balanced by census data of age and gender. Respondents are incentivized to complete surveys through charitable contributions. Generally speaking, digital polling tends to skew toward people with access to the internet. SurveyMonkey Audience doesn't try to weight its sample based on race or income. Polling data collected 1,154 respondents February 22, 2021 with a 3 percentage point margin of error.
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