Poll: Majority of Minnesotans support minimum wage increase - KMSP-TV

Poll: Majority of Minnesotans support minimum wage increase

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

New polling data shows a majority of Minnesotans support raising the state's minimum wage, an issue Gov. Mark Dayton said he would stand by.

The current minimum wage in Minnesota is $6.15, which is one of the lowest in the nation and lags behind the national minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Dayton has previously said he'd be comfortable with a rate around $9 to $9.50 per hour, but the poll doesn't show total support for that much of a jump.

The poll shows Minnesotans differ on just how much of a hike should be adopted, with 41 percent of respondents in favor of the $9.50 wage and  28 percent preferring a $7.50 standard. A quarter of respondents did not want any increase.

The state has not raised its minimum wage since 2007, and lawmakers are currently weighing several proposals on the issue. Two economists who spoke with FOX 9 News agreed that an increase of some kind is likely.

The poll also showed that Democrats were more likely to push for a larger increase, with Republican and independent voters favoring a smaller hike.

Women, who are more likely to make minimum wage than men, were also more likely to support a wage hike than men.

DAYTON'S APPROVAL RATING DROPS

A new poll conducted by the Star Tribune says Gov. Mark Dayton's approval rating has hit an all-time low since taking office in 2011, dropping from 53 percent to 45 percent since Sept. 2012.

His new poll ratings come in the wake of a tax overhaul that has been hotly contested for weeks, but he announced Friday that he would go back to the drawing board and return with something more modest.

The poll surveyed 800 Minnesotans between Feb. 25-27, 2013 and has a margin of error of +/-3.5%.

Dayton is set to release his new budget proposal this week, with the plan focusing on a tax hike for the wealthiest 2 percent of Minnesotans a possible tobacco tax increase.

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