Lansing, Mich. – Not surprisingly, support for a minimum wage hike is strongest among voters who identify as Democrats and those with incomes below $30,000 per year. However, even among high-income voters, supporting versus not supporting a hike in minimum wage is almost evenly split. Overall, the majority of people surveyed support a hike in minimum wage.

In the most recent Michigan Poll conducted by Marketing Resource Group and Mitchell Research and Communications for Inside Michigan Politics newsletter, a hike in the minimum wage is supported by 58 percent of all voters and opposed by 38 percent.

Inside Michigan Politics associate editor Bill Ballenger commented, “The differences by Party identification and yearly income are very dramatic. Support for an increase in the minimum wage to $10 an hour over the next three years is highest among straight Democratic voters at 92 percent and those with income below $10,000 per year at 82 percent. Support for the hike among straight Republican voters is only at 27 percent with 70 percent opposition to the hike. Those individuals with incomes over $100,000 per year support the hike by 47 percent and oppose it by 50 percent.”

The actual wording of the question is below:

“There is a proposal to increase Michigan’s minimum wage from $7.40 an hour to $10 an hour by 2016.  “Some point out that the minimum wage hasn’t been raised since 2008 and that we need to do so now to help middle-class working families. Others claim that increasing the minimum wage will only hurt our economy further by forcing businesses to cut jobs, leave Michigan or not move to Michigan in the first place. “Do you [ROTATE: SUPPORT/OPPOSE] increasing the minimum wage from $7.40 an hour to $10 an hour by 2016? [IF SUPPORT OR OPPOSE, ASK:] Do you strongly support/oppose or just somewhat [support/oppose]?

Strongly support: 39%
Somewhat support: 19 | 58%
Somewhat oppose:  13 | 38%
Strongly oppose:  25%
[VOLUNTEERED] Don’t Know/Refused: 4%

Conducted October 6-10, 2013
(N=600 Likely Voters)
Live Telephone Interviewers
MOE + or – 4% at 95% Level of Confidence
77% Landline – 23% Cell Phone


About Marketing Resource Group, Inc.
Lansing, Michigan-based Marketing Resource Group, Inc. is an award-winning PR firm representing corporate, association, nonprofit, and private clients with interests in Michigan. MRG offers expertise in public affairs, communications, political campaign management, and public opinion survey research. For more than thirty years, MRG has conducted its bi-annual omnibus Michigan Poll™, tracking the pulse of Michigan voters on key statewide public policy and political issues. MRG is the only Michigan public opinion survey research firm that maintains nearly 30 years of trend analyses of voter attitudes related to state and national leaders, political parties, and the political and economic climate in Michigan.

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About Inside Michigan Politics
Inside Michigan Politics is the largest circulation, state-based bi-weekly political newsletter in North America.

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About Mitchell Research and Communications
Mitchell Research and Communications, Inc. is a Michigan based, national full-service firm specializing in public affairs, market research and political polling, political consulting, crisis management and legislative advocacy. The firm also provides voter identification and GOTV programs. The company has worked for corporate, association, political, governmental and media clients for more than 25 years. It has been the pollster for television stations and newspapers in Michigan, California, Missouri, Florida, and South Carolina. It’s main office and telephone center is based in East Lansing, Michigan.

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