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Poll: Will Efforts to Raise the Minimum Wage Help the Democrats?

On balance, will the minimum-wage measures in Congress and on various state ballots help Democrats at the polls in November?

DEMOCRATS (98 VOTES)

Yes: 95%
No: 5%

 

Yes

"Minimum wage is a real signal to voters whose side you are on. Don't underestimate its potential."

"My advice to Democratic candidates on the minimum wage is, don't leave home without it. If House Republicans kill the minimum-wage law, it will become 'the GOP below-minimum-wage economy.' "

 

"Minimum wage is a great off-year election-turnout vehicle and polls well across party lines."

"It's a reminder that Republicans are content to let folks work a full day but still live in poverty."

"Marginal, but will the unemployed and low-income wage earners come out and vote?"

"Classic political map writing. You're either inside the line supporting the middle class (Dems), or you are not (GOP)."

 

"A telling example of who fights for America's working families."

"It's about the economy, stupid."

No

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"Low-information, low-participation voters for whom this issue matters do not show up in midterms."

 

On balance, will the minimum-wage measures in Congress and on various state ballots help Democrats at the polls in November?

REPUBLICANS (98 VOTES)

Yes: 46%
No: 54%

Yes

"Like daffodils in springtime, Democrats raise the minimum-wage issue whenever they are in trouble. And they're in trouble."

"It is definitely a good issue for the Democratic base."

"They'll help D's because Republicans have no idea how to talk about this issue."

"The argument against is too complex for sound bites."

"It will help in particular if Republicans come off as mean-spirited about it."

"They've convinced me: A higher minimum wage is a consequence-free way to make everyone wealthier. So, why do they propose a paltry $10.10 an hour?"

"Only at the state level. It'll help their turnout. Republicans aren't passionate enough on the issue to turn out people just to vote against it."

"It's stupid policy but smart politics."

No

"Not a voting issue for many supporters. They just like to feel good about themselves."

"Thanks to CBO, the White House is losing the PR war on the minimum wage. The small businesses forced to eat Obamacare and the minimum wage will be far more vocal in November."

"I just don't see this issue bubbling up into some wedge item. Seems Dems are desperate, so they're dredging up classic liberal policies. I thought they were better than that."

"Very few people make it, and many of them are too young to vote."

"Democrats get points for trying to change the subject, but the minimum wage is more of a niche play than it used to be—and voters who are deciding on that issue aren't going to vote Republican anyway."

. . . . . . . . . . . . .

Democratic Political Insiders Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud.

This article appears in the March 1, 2014 edition of National Journal Magazine as Political Insiders Poll.

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