Deep into the numbers of the latest Q Poll survey of Connecticut – well below the higher-profile death penalty stats – is this intriguing tidbit: The idea of boosting the minimum wage for those who have the least faces the greatest opposition from those who have the most.
A little more than one in five respondents with household incomes under $50,000 (about $24 an hour for a 40-hour, 52-week job) opposed boosting the minimum wage in Connecticut, currently at $8.25 an hour. That opposition climbed above 25 percent for those making between $50,000 and $100,000 a year. And for those making more than $100,000 a year (or more than $48 an hour on a full-time basis), opposition to paying more than $8.25 rises to 40 percent.
The opposition at higher incomes does not appear to be driven by concerns over hiring. At all income levels, about half of those asked said they believed a hike in the minimum wage would prompt small business owners to hire fewer employees, ranging from 49 percent for those making less than $50,000 to a slightly higher 53 percent for those making more than $100,000.
The full Q Poll report is available here.