Poll: Voters Support Minimum Wage Increase

By LeAnne Gendreau
|  Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014  |  Updated 7:27 AM EDT
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Poll: Voters Support Minimum Wage Increase

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President Barack Obama greets baker Dora Martinez, an employee in the bakery at a Costco store in Lanham, Md., before he speaks about raising the minimum wage the morning after his State of the Union at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

A new Quinnipiac University poll finds that Connecticut voters support raising the state's minimum wage.

The poll comes the day before President Barack Obama comes to Connecticut to push his proposal to do just that.

The statewide poll released on Tuesday morning says support for an increase is 71 percent to 25 percent.

The Quinnipiac University poll offered voters four choices and 42 percent want to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

This is something Gov. Dannel Malloy has said he supports.

Days after the president's State of the Union Address, Malloy proposed raising Connecticut's minimum wage from $8.70 to $10.10 over the next three years.
 
The poll also found that 25 percent of voters want no increase, 20 percent want to increase minimum wage to more than $10.10 per hour and 8 percent want to increase minimum wage to something less than $10.10 per hour.
 
Voters (47 to 28 percent) said a minimum wage increase would help rather than hurt Connecticut's economy.

The support is also divided by party.

Republicans oppose the increase, 53 to 41 percent and said, 57 to 17 percent, that it would hurt the economy.

Among Democrats, 93 to 6 percent, support the increase, while independent voters support it 73 to 23 percent among.
 

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