As Kansas City officials study a possible boost in the local minimum wage, we asked you to weigh in on the matter. The idea seems to have majority support, and more people than you might have guessed have connections to minimum wage earners. Here are the results of our non-scientific survey, based on nearly 1,000 responses.
1) I or someone in my household has a minimum wage job.
2) The City Council should increase the minimum wage, but should aim lower than national leaders’ goal of $15-an-hour pay in many large cities by 2020.
Strongly agree 20%
Strongly disagree 39%
3) The city should hold off on any significant boost to the minimum wage, especially because it could financially harm businesses in the city.
Strongly agree 23%
Strongly disagree 55%
4) Given pay inequality and the high profits of U.S. businesses, the City Council should follow the wishes of local groups that want to increase the wage to $10 an hour in September and $15 an hour over the next five years.
Strongly agree 50%
Strongly disagree 28%