Strikingly, Quinnipiac asked voters how much they'd like to see the minimum wage increased: 33 percent would prefer to raise it to $10.10, the amount named in a Democratic bill backed by President Barack Obama, while 18 percent would raise it higher. Another 18 percent would increase it from the current $7.25 an hour but not to $10.10, but given that, as Democrats push for $10.10, we're likely to be told by Republicans and pundits that it's unthinkable and laughable, let's just emphasize that: 51 percent of people in this poll want the minimum wage increased to at least $10.10. And that's despite the fact that, by a 50 percent to 45 percent margin, people polled believed the long-disproved claim that businesses will cut jobs as a result of a minimum wage increase.
Republicans are flailing and spinning, trying to disappear the inconvenient popularity of these two measures they oppose. But Quinnipiac isn't alone in finding strong support for both a minimum wage increase and the unemployment extension Republicans are right now actively in the process of blocking. Republicans need to be made to feel some pain over this.