A majority of U.S. voters believe by a decisive margin – 51%-29% – that doubling the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour will "lead to fewer jobs being created," according to a new Just the News Poll with Scott Rasmussen.
That view prevailed by varying margins among men and women and across all racial and ethnic groups (white, black, Hispanic), age cohorts, income brackets, education levels (college/no college) and residential categories (suburban, urban, rural) measured in the survey.
Republicans say the $15/hour minimum wage would hamper job creation by almost a 5-1 ratio (72%-15%), while Democrats say it would not do so by a relatively narrow plurality (42%-37%).
Aside from Democrats, the only measured groups that do not fear the minimum wage hike's adverse impact on jobs are those describing themselves as either somewhat or very liberal, as well as government employees. The latter say the hike would not mean fewer jobs, but only by the statistically insignificant margin of 42%-40%.
The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from Feb. 4-6, 2021.