Poll: Large Majority of Maryland Voters Favor Minimum Wage Increase

According to a recent poll, 79 percent of Maryland voters believe the minimum wage should be raised to $8.25 in 2011 and increased to $10 by the year 2013.

Support was very strong across the political spectrum, with 89 percent of Democrats, 75 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans favoring an increase – as did 62 percent of those who identify as Tea Party voters.

Support was also very strong across income groups. The increase to $10 by the year 2013 was favored by 89 percent of those making under $30,000; 88 percent of those making $30,000 - $49,000; 84 percent of those making $50,000 - $74,000; 75 percent of those making $75,000 - $150,000; and 77 percent of those making more than $150,000.

Moreover, 80 percent of Maryland voters favor adjusting the minimum wage annually in future years to keep pace with the cost of living.

The poll was conducted Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, 2010 by Kiley and Company.

Maryland Minimum Wage Poll Charts

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