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Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

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Minimum Wage Poll Results for Democrats


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265,187 votes


Distribution of answers submitted by Democrats.

3 Yes answers
4 No answers
1 overlapping answers

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The federal minimum wage is the lowest wage at which employers may pay their employees. Since July 24, 2009 the U.S. federal minimum wage has been set at $7.25 per hour. In 2014 President Obama proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 and tying it to an inflation index. The federal minimum wage applies to all federal employees including raise those who work on military bases, national parks and veterans working in nursing homes.  See recent minimum wage news

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People who are claimed as dependents on their parents income tax returns should have a somewhat lower wage than others who are attempting to make their own living. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Riverton, WY.

I think that there are two sides to this problem, it can be good and it can be bad. However I that if the Minimum Wage is changed it can have a very negative effect on those who make just above the amount the Minimum Wage is now. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Clear Creek, IN.

Yes, at this time, but not necessarily a living wage. I agree that Minimum Wage jobs are not designed for those trying to support a family or even one person--these jobs are usually taken by students who are supported by their family or in college or as second jobs by those already working full time. The need for future increases should be re-evaluated as needed, not automatically. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Rochester, NY.

Yes, but may not be economically feasible to provide a true "living wage" without decreasing employment or raising prices (ie., there a good balance between a fair Minimum Wage that is appropriate but not too high.). 7mons ago from a Democrat in Richmond, VA.

There should be two Minimum Wage levels set, one for smaller independent businesses and for multinational businesses. Smaller businesses can pay the present amount (ex. $8.00) or raise a new floor level to ($9.00). On the other hand, multinational businesses and companies would have to pay at least, for example $9.50 or $10.00. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Forest Park, GA.

Make the Minimum Wage be based on being above the poverty level. If a person wants to work, they should make sure that they don't need additional benefits to live. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Houston, TX.

No, at this point in timing coming off a depression (contraction for "deep recession") a Minimum Wage hike would be counter productive. The government has better ways to stimulate the economy. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Xenia, OH.

Want the economy to boom, raise the Minimum Wage substantially. Henry Ford paid the highest wages by far of any auto manufacturer in the US; not because he was a nice guy, he was anything but. He wanted to make sure all his workers could afford to buy a Ford. It worked. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Dunedin, FL.

Price control is the only way to offset the overall low wage throughout America. Working class and low-middle class wages would not rise with it. Raising the minimum now will only bring those groups closer to the bottom, eliminating what they have worked long and hard for. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Rollingbay, WA.

There aren't enough jobs that allow people to live, so people are stuck with Minimum Wage, and somehow have to survive on this. Raising that, however, will likely cause more people to lose their jobs, more businesses to go out of business, and just make everything worse. I think we need to make education more affordable, without horrific interest rates on student loans. This country is killing itself with greed and ignorance. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Pacific, WA.

No, because if we raise the Minimum Wage, people won't be able pay their employees and there will be no more jobs also, we would probaly all go broke. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Tallahassee, FL.

The Minimum Wage should be indexed to account for inflation or deflation, and should be raised slowly. Jumping immediately to a much higher Minimum Wage is a mistake that will provide a shock to the economy and raise unemployment as companies cut costs. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Romney, IN.

No, we should instead work toward guaranteed minimum income. The faster technological growth occurs, the less jobs will be available. "Creating jobs" is slowing down our development. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Potwin, KS.

I believe that prices raise every year as it is, regardless of a raised Minimum Wage. It's apparent that Minimum Wage is not enough to support people. A single mother working on her own must work 2-3 full hours just to buy one can of formula for her child. Thats 2-3 hours from her life for only a can of formula, to be able to afford anything other takes up all the time she has and then some. I believe that companies should stop being selfish and realize that if they require the time of their employee's so they can run things, than their employee's reserve the right to make enough so that they can actually live; and its about time that these companies stop relying on the government for their so called shortages. The most important factor of this is sure they need to further their educations and experiences before they can expect to make more, but time also is money and Minimum Wage employers just don't care. Maybe we should look at how much they make and how much they can afford on their their lifestyle choices then compare that to their employee's. Maybe if we lessen the financially needy we can afford to subsidize companies that are selling to retail, etc or subsidize the companies who are most impacted by a min. wage increase. The fact of the matter is we need to either lower the price of goods, bills, rent, gas, etc... or we need to raise the wage marker and stop them from increasing the prices yet again. I believe if we let the raise settle in we'll see that it doesn't affect us after all and will instead lessen the reliance on our government. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Belleville, IL.

The government should provide tax credits to lower earners instead. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Westerlo, NY.

Yes and adjust it each year for inflation based upon all items including futures traded items like food, etc. Current Inflation rates do NOT include the excessive increases in food (grocerys), gas, power costs, and other necessities for living in the US. If inflation goes down because of those items, then so will the wage as needed. Biggest issue: 1950 wage 1.25 for washing cars, house 10000, car 2000. Today: 7.25 for washing car (5 times), house 100000 (10 times), 20000 car (10 times). And the rich bigots require increase profits without give a proper wage? every person they fire to increase profits can hit them in the face. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Potwin, KS.

Yes, people can't survived on 7.25 an hour supporting their families. If it would go up so should the other classes of jobs should also go up. People who have degrees should still get paid for the extra education they worked hard for. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Rochester, IN.

Each state should be mandated a different Minimum Wage based on average cost of living in each state. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Sedalia, MO.

Sliding minimum based on age and experience. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Mcpherson, KS.

People should be able to be "free agents" to negotiate; union members to have a spokesperson or to accept Minimum Wages. I am for options re:earnings. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Seattle, WA.

Yes, but not for tipped employees such as servers and valets. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Minneapolis, MN.

Based on economic growth with incentives for small businesses. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Bothell, WA.

Move to something like Germany, Swede and Switzerland have. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Pendergrass, GA.

No, but encourage the federal government to raise the Minimum Wage of overseas workers to encourage domestic manufacturing and improve the lives of foreigners. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Portland, OR.

Yes but only as a required pay increase across the board for all employees people. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Woodburn, OR.

Each state needs to have a Minimum Wage based on the living costs in that state; maybe restaurants could give workers food;lower taxes would help also. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Hopewell, VA.

No, because an increase in Minimum Wage will just raise the prices of goods, and services. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Eau Claire, WI.

Yes, however... cable, internet, phone service and such do NOT need to go up. Things that are delivered via ground/air can go up to cover costs but profit margins should NOT be added to delivery cost. It'd be even better to no charge tax on delivery cost. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Venango, PA.

No, lower management pay to reduce the cost of goods, and start taxing all corporation that do business in the U.S. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Jackson St Forest, CA.

Not everyone deserves the raise sure people who actually have a work ethic but there are a lot who don't just walk into a mall. 8mons ago from a Democrat in Midvale, UT.

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