My1sttoday — Poll: Majority of Americans supports raising federal minimum wage to $15. Reuters/Ipsos poll released Thursday found 59 percent of Americans say they support the idea of raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 per hour by 2025.
When survey participants were told raising the minimum wage would lift some families out of poverty, but economists expected it could do away with low-income jobs, 55 percent still supported the move.
Approximately 40 percent of respondents said either they or a family member would personally benefit if the minimum wage was increased.
The poll was conducted online between Feb. 19 and Feb. 24 and includes online responses from 4,430 adults; 2,159 of which identify as Democrats and 1,482 who identify as Republicans. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The poll comes as the Senate parliamentarian heard arguments from Democratic and Republican staff Wednesday on whether raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 could be included in the coronavirus relief bill. A ruling is expected Thursday.
Democrats are using a process called reconciliation to pass the aid package with a simple majority, rather than the 60 votes required for most legislation.