By a margin of nearly 3 to 1, voters overwhelmingly back the idea of raising the minimum wage, Tuesday\’s Quinnipiac University poll found.
Forty-two percent of voters support raising the wage to $10.10 an hour, the number set by both President Obama and Gov. Malloy.
The broad support for a higher minimum wage is good news for Democrats, who have made the proposal their marquee issue in the 2014 campaign cycle. President Obama is scheduled to come to Connecticut Wednesday to promote the idea.
The poll found that just 8 percent of respondents would favor a state minimum wage lower than $10.10 an hour while 20 percent want a larger increase. About 25 percent say the $8.70 state minimum wage should remain the same.
Support for a higher wage is nearly universal among Democrats: just 6 percent of the party\’s members opposed it, according to the poll. About two-thirds of unaffiliated voters back the higher wage. But Republicans are more divided: 53 percent oppose the idea while 41 percent favor it.