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Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

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Minimum Wage Poll Results for Republicans

Yes

343,733 votes

19%

No

1,489,974 votes

81%

Distribution of answers submitted by Republicans.

3 Yes answers
4 No answers
1 overlapping answers

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Learn more about Minimum Wage

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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Tie Minimum Wage to the GDP or some other economic standard so it stays consistent with the growth of the economy. 7mons ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.

End NAFTA bring real family supporting jobs back to the US. Walmart and McDonalds should be a kids job, not a job for a family man with a college degree. 7mons ago from a Republican in Chillicothe, MO.

No Minimum Wages hurt low income workers. I was an unwanted child born into a family with 7 other siblings, color blind, deaf in one ear and legally blind; I did not know it until Junior High School. My family got much of our food, clothing and other items from a local garbage dump. With high Minimum Wages, and current childhood labor protection laws, I would never have been able to work my way through college and Veterinary School; enter the Army and serve nearly six years of foreign service before going back to college to become a Veterinary Pathologist. I am retired as an Army Reserve Colonel and a retired Veterinary Pathologist (no thanks to the Obama Administration). Quite frankly, with the current minimum age and child labor laws, I would not stand a snow ball in HELLs chance of accomplishing anything that I accomplished in life - in Obama's Dream World, I would have been condemned to a life of living on Welfare. No thanks Mr. President. 7mons ago from a Republican in Ivins, UT.

The issue is the maximum wage, not the minimum. Companies need to distribute profit not only to shareholders, but to employees in the form of increased wages. 7mons ago from a Republican in Antioch, IL.

Minimum Wages is not the issue. Keep government out of private owned business. What should be done is to encourage youth to stay in high school and get a diploma; to do this, communicate the actual cost of living on one's own and the pay scale for working in retail or fast food or food service. Rather than hike a Minimum Wage; provide those in high school opportunity to work and go to school at night They have work experience, they bring questions to the classroom. This can be done with both high school and community colleges. Part time evenings is class and work in the day Part Time for the assoc. degree in a subject of interest. Encourage vocations (service) and that by working one's wage goes up as quality of work goes up. This serves the common good. 7mons ago from a Republican in Long Branch, NJ.

Minimum Wage jobs are usually entry level, low skill, not really intended to support families. incremental increases are ok adjusted for inflation, but raising wages as proposed by some advocates will result in higher prices for low end goods and services and actually result in more Minimum Wage workers forced to art time status or losing jobs completelt. 7mons ago from a Republican in Meriden, CT.

Leave the Minimum Wage where it is, but don't withhold taxes from this wage. Only social security. 7mons ago from a Republican in Cameron, NC.

No! Socialism kills jobs and wage earning options. Obama and his supporters are responsible for the decline (on all levels) in ability to make a living. Raising the Minimum Wage is never a fix. Admit it. The lack of real jobs for those who need to support a family is the problem. It seems that Americans would rather support Obama than their own families. Sad. 7mons ago from a Republican in Elgin, TX.

The Minimum Wage should be raised, but the government must allow the industries to use a immigration pool that has workers here on visas only and limited to right to work states only. 8mons ago from a Republican in Alameda, CA.

No, but since so many jobs have shifted from yearly salaries to hourly wages, and the cost of living varies in state to state, it should be up to the states, and where it's impossible to live on the current Minimum Wage, there should be a way to ensure a sustainable level for those who don't have any hours left in the day to work and survive. Maybe take a look at the demographics of those qualifying for subsidization, yet still working a certain amount of hours that should provide their ability to self sustain? Shoot, just repeal Obamacare so it can all work itself out. That's what it always comes down to. 8mons ago from a Republican in Kennedale, TX.

Not sure what the impact would really be. 8mons ago from a Republican in Wenatchee, WA.

Increase every 5-8 years to catch up but never jump ahead of inflation. 8mons ago from a Republican in West Jordan, UT.

Every large successful corporation that employs the "working Poor", should be taxed at a rate of 10 dollars for every dollar that is spent subsidizing food clothing and shelter, so those same said poor workers, can survive. 8mons ago from a Republican in Mercury, NV.

This a joke. The majority of people making Minimum Wage are young or part time or just starting to work. 8mons ago from a Republican in Tarboro, NC.

Only if it can be implemented along with preventing business to increase prices just to offset the costs and devalue the dollar. 8mons ago from a Republican in Zanesville, OH.

The extremes in cost of living require latitude in establishing min. wages needs to be done on local basis. 8mons ago from a Republican in Medina, OH.

Not unless the people are willing to accept higher prices on products as a result. 8mons ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.

There should be two Minimum Wages. One for legal adults and one for minors. The Minimum Wage is a joke, a person can't even feed him or herself on that kind of a wage. 8mons ago from a Republican in Campbell, CA.

Yes, but keep it within reason, because it will only help raise costs for retirees. 8mons ago from a Republican in Melbourne, FL.

I think that the only way that raising the Minimum Wage would have any effect is to order a price freeze at the same time. 8mons ago from a Republican in Big Spring, TX.

Only for certain jobs and occupations. 8mons ago from a Republican in Sycamore, IL.

Set the Minimum Wage to a survivable amount, but don't raise too high to place too high of a burden on the business. 8mons ago from a Republican in North Little Rock, AR.

The economic impact of Minimum Wages should be studied more thoroughly before more adjustments are made. 8mons ago from a Republican in Beaverton, OR.

Stop allowing a less than Minimum Wage for wait staff. 8mons ago from a Republican in Everett, WA.

Increasing Minimum Wage causes prices to rise. Better to increase jobs that will naturally cause wage increase as businesses vy for best workers. 8mons ago from a Republican in Nixa, MO.

Yes . There should be a Minimum Wage for teenage workers an those over 21. It should also be adjusted according to inflation every year. 8mons ago from a Republican in Napa, CA.

Before we talk about raising the Minimum Wage, taxes for the job providers must be lowered significantly (both on the state and federal levels)and all unnecessary regulations should be eliminated. If that is done, more jobs will be created because the more money the job providers have, the more jobs they can create, the better able existing businesses will be to expand, more businesses can be more easily established thus bringing in more jobs and opportunities; producing a more competitive environment which would provided businesses and corporations to offer better services, and a greater variety of products at a competitive pricing level; all of which will help to lower the cost of living; the potential for such, which I have witnessed first hand, not to mention employers will have an incentive to pay higher wages and provide decent benefits to their employees. When all that which is required is done to create better job prospects and a much more competitive market place, then we can discuss whether or not a raise in the Minimum Wage is needed. 8mons ago from a Republican in Cutten, CA.

Give the states the power to decide, but prevent them from setting ridiculous standards. Provide the oppropriate wage to accomodate for the expense of living in the given geographical area. 8mons ago from a Republican in Deer Park, WA.

Increase it every few years, but never more than 20 percent at a time. 8mons ago from a Republican in Sallisaw, OK.

Wages should always be determined between the employer and employee. If you are willing to work for a lower wage than what you believe you are worth, that is your problem. 8mons ago from a Republican in Iona, ID.

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