Poll Finds Strong Support For $15 Minimum Wage In Minneapolis

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Bill Sorem

A new poll shows strong support for $15 Minimum wage in Minneapolis, but it’s still uncertain if voters will get a chance to decide the issue.

The poll was commissioned by the groups that are fighting to put the minimum wage issue on the November ballot as a charter amendment. It shows 68% of likely voters in Minneapolis would vote yes to putting a $15 minimum wage in the city’s charter.

As you might expect, those directly affected by poverty wages were most likely to support hiking the minimum wage. 83% of African-American voters and 74% of women support the charter amendment. groups that are disproportionately affected by poverty wages. 48% of black people in Minneapolis live in poverty, compared to 13% of white people. Two thirds of low-wage workers are women.  

Voters May Not Have Opportunity To Decide Minimum Wage Issue

[media-credit name=”Patinkin Research Strategies” align=”alignleft” width=”336″]Minimum Wage Poll[/media-credit]Patinkin Research Strategies polled 400 registered likely voters by phone in Minneapolis and says the survey has a margin of error of 4.9% at a 95% level of confidence.

The polls may not matter at all if the issue doesn’t go on the ballot. The Minneapolis City Council refused to put it on the ballot saying it wasn’t a proper issue for a charter amendment. The petition to put it on the ballot had more than enough signatures. The whole issue is now in Hennepin County District Court where Judge Susan Robiner is expected to rule on the matter before August 26th- which is the legal deadline for putting things on the ballot.

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