by Jennifer Swift
Mar 4, 2014
03:49 AMConnecticut Politics
Poll: Connecticut Voters Overwhelmingly Support Raising Minimum Wage
On the eve of a visit from the President to promote raising the minimum wage to $10.10, a Quinnipiac University Poll shows Connecticut voters support a raise in minimum wage by nearly a 3-to-1 margin.
Voters support raising the minimum wage 71 percent to 25 percent, while 59 percent believe minimum wage should be $10.10 as currently proposed by Obama and Governor Dannel P. Malloy. The numbers show the issue is extremely partisan, as 41 percent of Republicans support raising the minimum wage, compared to 93 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of independent voters. The poll shows 11 percent of voters who want to raise the minimum wage believe it should be less than $10.10, while 28 percent believe it should be more.
Democrats in Connecticut and throughout the country are signalling they plan to make raising the wage an election issue.
The poll also shows Obama is visiting a state where his favorability numbers have never been lower during his presidency. According to the poll, 45 percent of voters approve of the job Obama is doing as president. His numbers have been trailing downward in Connecticut in the years since his highest approval rating of 71 percent in May 2009.Poll: Connecticut Voters Overwhelmingly Support Raising Minimum Wage