The American people overwhelmingly back President Obama’s call for increasing the federal minimum wage. According to a new Pew Research poll, 71 percent of Americans would favor raising the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour, while only 26 percent would oppose the move.
The idea is not only very popular with Democrats and Independents, but even a slim majority of Republicans think we need a higher minimum wage. 50 percent of Republicans support of the change while 47 percent are against it.
Even with strong popular support, Obama’s call for increasing the minimum wage is unlikely to get through the Republican controlled House though. Speaker Boehner has already publicly come out against it. Of course given the current ideological makeup of House Republicans, any proposal Obama makes is likely dead on arrival as well. So since no legislation is going to be approved, Obama might as well spend his time advocating for things that can be used as political weapons by Democrats. By basically closing the door on any hope of actual legislation, the Republicans inadvertently freed the President up to keep campaigning.
The minimum wage increase is both very popular and easy to understand. Expect it to feature prominently in Democrats 2014 strategy.