Most Americans favor giving minimum-wage workers a pay raise to $9 an hour, a Gallup poll
released Monday showed.
The survey found that 76 percent of Americans would support a law to increase the minimum wage from its current $7.25 -- up 5 percentage points since March. Twenty-two percent said they'd reject the $9-an-hour minimum.
New Jersey voters
, by 61 percent to 39 percent, amended the state constitution last week to raise the Garden State's minimum wage $1 to $8.25.
In SeaTac, Wash., residents voted on a ballot measure to raise the minimum wage to $15; the votes are still being counted. If the measure passes, it will create the highest minimum wage in the country, Politico reported
On Capitol Hill last Thursday, Democrats huddled to consider a proposal to hike the federal minimum wage to as much as $10.10 an hour, and the Senate could consider the measure as soon as next week, Politico reported.
"Despite President Barack Obama's State of the Union call to raise the wage to $9 -- and widespread rallies populated mainly by hourly fast-food workers -- legislation that would accomplish this goal has thus far languished," the Gallup poll analysis said.
The poll said Republicans are least supportive of hiking the minimum wage to $9 but not tethering it to inflation, with 58 percent saying they would vote in favor and 39 percent against it. By comparison, 91 percent of Democrats and 76 percent of independents would favor it.
In the GOP-dominated House last March, lawmakers voted down a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2015, with all Republicans voting against it, the poll noted.
The survey of 1,040 adults was conducted Nov. 4-5 and had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
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