Poll-itics: 71% back raising minimum wage, including most Democrats and independents, half of Republicans


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Dear GOP:

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Not only do seven in 10 Americans say they would vote "for" raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour, but there is overwhelming empirical consensus shows little if any effect of the minimum wage on employment. Think Progress:

One study found “no detectable employment losses,” another found “no impact on hours worker or employment levels,” and another found that the minimum wage actually strengthens employment. Other studies found that raising the minimum wage doesn’t impact job growth even if it is done during periods of high unemployment.

Think Progress, from their post Why Employers Won’t Fire People If We Raise The Minimum Wage To $9:

In fact, the three largest employers of minimum wage workers, Wal‐Mart, Yum! Brands (Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and KFC), and McDonald’s, all are more profitable than they were before the Great Recession and “have awarded their top executives multi-million dollar compensation packages.”

And did you know that two Democrats will introduce a bill raising the minimum wage above $10? And that 65 Republicans supported increasing the minimum wage when Bush was president? Imagine that.