Poll Shows Majority Of Americans Support $15 Minimum Wage

Written by on February 25, 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A majority of People assist the thought of greater than doubling the minimal wage to $15 per hour, a Reuters/Ipsos ballot confirmed on Thursday as Senate Democrats await a ruling on whether or not they can tuck that measure right into a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid invoice.

Democrats, who narrowly management the Home of Representatives and Senate, are attempting to cross the progressive coverage with out Republican votes via a maneuver generally known as reconciliation, which permits them to behave with only a easy 51-vote majority moderately than the chamber’s regular 60-vote requirement.

The Senate’s parliamentarian on Thursday is predicted to resolve whether or not the principles will permit them to make use of the coronavirus spending invoice to enact a sweeping wage coverage.

Whatever the ruling, the thought of elevating the minimal wage to $15 by 2025 from its present $7.25 is broadly common, a Reuters/Ipsos ballot discovered. Some 59% of respondents mentioned they supported the thought, with 34% opposing it.

When instructed that “elevating the minimal wage ought to raise some households out of poverty, however authorities economists additionally count on it may eradicate some low earnings jobs, probably making some households worse off,” 55% of respondents mentioned they supported it.

About 40% of American adults mentioned that they might profit – both personally or via a member of their household – if the U.S. raised the federal minimal wage.

Even when the Senate parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, guidelines that the minimal wage might be handed via reconciliation, it is not going to change the truth that the proposal faces an uphill battle within the Senate.

Democrats should not united in assist with two of their quantity – Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona – towards the thought.

There may be broader assist within the Senate to elevating the minimal wage by a lesser quantity, and never via reconciliation.

Two Senate Republicans, Tom Cotton and Mitt Romney, on Tuesday proposed rising the minimal wage to $10 an hour.

The Reuters/Ipsos ballot was performed on-line, in English, all through the USA between Feb. 18 and Feb. 24. It gathered responses from 4,430 adults, together with 2,158 who recognized as Democrats and 1,482 who recognized as Republicans. The ballot has a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of plus or minus three share factors.

Reporting by Chris Kahn and Susan Cornwell; Modifying by Scott Malone and Alistair Bell and Chizu Nomiyama

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