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Poll: 62% of Wisconsinites favor raising the state's minimum wage

Minimum Wage copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
Minimum Wage copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Republicans say a higher minimum wage would be a job killer -- but over six of every 10 Wisconsinites want to see an increase anyway.  

62 percent of the 802 voters surveyed in the new Marquette Law School poll want something higher than the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. But only a quarter of voters want it raised to $10 an hour.

A proposed Democratic bill would gradually raise Wisconsin's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in two years after passage.

A third of those surveyed would settle for $9.

As for jobs, voters appear to be willing to forgive Republican Governor Scott Walker if he doesn't keep his biggest campaign promise -- to create a quarter-million private sector jobs by next January. He only reached a third-of-that-goal as of a year ago, and the new poll shows that just 14 percent think he'll achieve it.

Walker leads Democrat Mary Burke 47 to 41 percent in the Marquette poll, which was taken last week with an error margin of 3.5 percent either way.

54 percent said Wisconsin was heading in the right direction, and 44 percent disagreed. 49 percent said the state's budget situation is better, and just 20 percent said it was worse.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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