Poll: NY Voters Support Increase in Minimum Wage, but Not Legislator Pay

May 14, 2012 Updated: May 19, 2012

NEW YORK—More than three-fourths of registered voters in New York state support a rise in minimum wage by $1.25 per hour, a new poll released on Monday found.

The Siena College poll found that 78 percent of those surveyed want to see the state’s minimum wage raised from $7.25 per hour to $8.50.

Nearly 9 out of 10 Democrats support the measure, while 58 percent of Republicans and three-quarters of independents also support it, Siena found.

“The vast majority would like to see the Legislature pass the minimum wage increase before session ends next month,” Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement.

The college also found that voters oppose giving pay raises to state lawmakers by a margin of 65 percent to 21 percent.

“When it comes to increasing the pay of state legislators, Republicans, Democrats and independents all agree—by a large margin—and the answer is no,” Greenberg added.

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