New poll shows most Americans favor raising minimum wage

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.  — A new Rassmussen poll out Tuesday says 61 percent of Americans favor raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2015. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25.

The latest poll numbers are up 7 percent since president Obama proposed a minimum wage increase of $9.00 in February.

“It’s hard for people,” says Timothy Scales of Winston-Salem who believes a minimum wage increase is long overdue. “Gas prices are up, everything is going up, now [government] try to take everything we’ve got.”

The poll also shows 58 percent of Americans think the hourly minimum wage should be tied to inflation so that when the cost of living goes up minimum wage does too.

“If I hire someone it will cost me to pay them more,” said Aurelia Hill who is self-employed and supports paying out $3.00 more dollars to her employees. “I think it’s reasonable because things are much, much more expensive.”

Some analyst fear raising the minimum wage will make prices go up on just about everything. Other analysts believe a rise in prices won’t happen as a higher wage will be offset by people spending the extra money they make.

 

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