New York state voters, by a margin of 62-35 percent, support raising the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next several years, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll.
There is strong support from every party, gender, age and regional group except Republicans, who oppose the idea 65-32 percent, and upstate voters, who are divided with 50 percent in favor and 47 percent opposed, the independent Quinnipiac University poll finds.
Support is 85-13 percent among Democrats, 59-38 percent among independent voters, 77-21 percent among New York City voters and 61-36 percent among suburban voters.
Support for the $15 minimum wage drops, however, when voters consider four choices:
- 41 percent support increasing the $8.75 minimum wage to something less than $15.
- 37 percent support an increase to $15.
- 11 percent support an increase to more than $15.
- 8 percent want no increase.
"Gov. Andrew Cuomo caused a bit of a stir when he came out for a $15 minimum wage. But mainly liberal New York state voters like the idea by a wide margin," said Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "Some wouldn't go quite as high at $15. A few would go even higher.
"The political and geographical divisions are equally predictable: Republicans are opposed; Democrats are overwhelmingly in favor," Carroll said.
To read the full poll results, click here .
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