60% Believe State or Local Governments Should Set Minimum Wage

Seventy-three percent (73%) of voters favor increasing the minimum wage. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that most (76%) believe the minimum should be somewhere  between $10 and $15 per hour.  Thirteen percent (13%) believe it should be lower than that and 12% believe it should be higher.

However, only 40% believe that the minimum wage should be set by the federal government. Another 40% believe the minimum should be set at the state level while 20% think it is a local issue.

One reason may be that 54% believe the minimum wage should be adjusted for a region’s cost of living. In other words, it would be higher in areas with a higher cost of living and lower in areas with a lower cost of living. Just 26% oppose making such an adjustment.

The survey found interest in other modifications as well. By a modest 48% to 41% margin, voters think it would make sense to have a lower minimum wage for teenagers working a part-time or summer job. And 72% favor a temporary training wage for unskilled workers to learn a new job.

Voters are fairly evenly divided on whether it is more important to increase the minimum wage (40%) or to create more jobs for low income workers (48%).

Forty-seven percent (47%) of Democrats believe the federal government should set the minimum wage. That view is shared by 36% of Republicans and 36% of Independent voters (see crosstab results).

The survey found that voters have a pretty good handle on what the minimum wage is today. Fifty-one percent (51%) identified $7.25 per hour as the minimum while 36% believe it is higher than that. The federal minimum wage is $7.25, but many states have implemented higher rates.

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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted February 19-20, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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