Iowa Poll: Most want increase in state’s minimum wage

raise the wage iowaRoughly seven in 10 Iowans favor an increase in the state’s minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, according to results of the new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll.

But the 69 percent of poll respondents who want the Iowa Legislature to bump up the minimum wage are mixed on just how high it should go: 4 percent favor moving it to $8 per hour; 16 percent to $9; 33 percent to $10; and 16 percent to $15. Twenty-eight percent of Iowans want the minimum wage to hold steady, and 3 percent aren’t sure.

Support has ticked up since the question was asked a year ago, when 65 percent of Iowans backed a hike.

Poll respondent Tabatha Lear of Indianola, 27, wants to see an increase to $10 an hour. She worked at a convenience store and a Dollar General before getting a job in a window and door factory, where hours have been reduced and workers were laid off for a week in February.

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