National Poll: Small Businesses Support Increasing Minimum Wage

Two out of three small business owners (67%) support increasing the federal minimum wage and adjusting it yearly to keep up with the cost of living. The strong support for a minimum wage raise is particularly striking since the small business owners are predominately Republican. The poll was conducted March 4-10, 2013 by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research on behalf of Small Business Majority. The minimum wage, now $7.25 an hour, was last increased in 2009.

Polls: New Yorkers Support Minimum Wage Increase

Quinnipiac University Poll: Voters Back Minimum Wage 5-1, January 31, 2013

New York State voters support 80 - 17 percent raising the state's minimum wage. Support is 61 - 35 percent among Republicans, 95 - 3 percent among Democrats and 77 - 22 percent among independent voters. Support in every income, age, educational and regional group tops 70 percent.

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Sienna College Research Institute Poll January 17, 2013

More than 80 percent of voters support increasing the minimum wage in New York to $8.75. There is overwhelming bipartisan support.

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.