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Minimum Wage Poll In Illinois, Ohio Finds Big Support For Increased Pay

Feb 13, 2014 | Updated Feb 13, 2014

CHICAGO -- A new poll released Thursday found a majority of voters in two key Midwest states support increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour, consistent with President Obama's executive order boosting wages for federal contract workers.

The poll from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling reports nearly two-thirds of voters in both Illinois (63 percent) and Ohio (64 percent) generally support raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour. A hike is "strongly" supported by 51 percent of all poll respondents in both states.

Many voters said they were "less likely to support" for reelection Mark Kirk (R-Ill) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), the states' two GOP senators, if they oppose a minimum wage increase -- by a margin 11 points for Kirk and 12 points for Portman. The poll was conducted using automated recorded voice methodology on Feb. 10 and 11.

The PPP findings are in line with a range of recent national polling on the minimum wage issue. A poll commissioned by American Women, the National Partnership for Women & Families and the Rockefeller Family Fund and released Wednesday found 60 percent of respondents support a $10.10 minimum wage for all workers. A HuffPost/YouGov poll released last week found 62 percent of Americans support the same wage hike.

The poll was released on the heels of the Chicago City Council passing a resolution urging a statewide minimum wage in Illinois of $10.65 an hour, in line with Gov. Pat Quinn's call for a wage hike during his State of the State address last month. For his part, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has also proposed a separate resolution declaring his support for the $10.10 federal minimum wage, DNAinfo Chicago reports.

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