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Standing in the way of what voters want.
A new poll finds Democrats on the winning side of two major issues of 2014: unemployment aid and the minimum wage. Quinnipiac finds 71 percent support for raising the minimum wage and 58 percent support for extending emergency unemployment benefits; Democrats and independents want the unemployment extension, while 54 percent of Republicans are opposed.

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.

Sign and send a petition your Republican senator or senators, demanding that they restore benefits to the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

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  •  Ignore the 'shiny objects' and stay on personal (5+ / 0-)

    economics through November.

    It's the economy stoopid.

  •  Quick! Unskew This Poll! (8+ / 0-)

    What the American people really want is for John Boehner to kick them in the head over and over again.

    Remember, the road to victory is paved with big words and professorial arrogance. Passion need not apply.

    by The Lone Apple on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 07:44:36 AM PST

  •  It ain't gonna happen, with this Congress. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    bananapouch1, a2nite

    Fuck me! He made it. Will Scarlet

    by dagolfnut on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 07:49:04 AM PST

  •  Congress Only Hears People With Money. (3+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, shoeless, Ohkwai

    The unemployed and minimum wage earners are voiceless and therefore powerless.

  •  but tax breaks would allow businesses to pay more (1+ / 0-)
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    and hire more people! that's better than giving free money to lazy bums - how's that going to encourage hard work and americanism?

    that's what 1200 radio stations blast the country with all  day now to make sure the GOP reps hear the screaming racist dittoheads to pressure boehner.

    and they are louder than polls.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 07:59:51 AM PST

  •  So, report on the poll will be (2+ / 0-)
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    shoeless, TexasTom

    "Only 33 percent of Americans want the minimum wage raised to $10.10 per hour."  Very much like only 33% of Americans want to keep the ACA.

    "Harass us, because we really do pay attention. Look at who's on the ballot, and vote for the candidate you agree with the most. The next time, you get better choices." - Barney Frank

    by anonevent on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 07:59:54 AM PST

  •  The magic wand to undo this mess (1+ / 0-)
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    Janet 707

    I have an understanding now of the true nature of the problem.

    comes with a quote that will hang over Christie's head.

    "There is no justification for lying."

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 08:12:55 AM PST

  •  $9.85/hr sounds more palatable (0+ / 0-)

    There's something about the double digit that makes people go crazy.  "You think flipping burgers entitles you to more than $10/hr!?!?!?!"  But you say $9.50 or $9.85, and it seems totally reasonable.  

    Frankly, I think it should be business-dependent.

    $9.85/hr for businesses making less than $1 million per year

    $10.85/hr for businesses making between $1-$10 million per year

    $11.85/hr for businesses making between $11-$100 million per year

    $12.85/hr for businesses making more than $100 million per year

    Gross, not net -- otherwise companies would just pay their high-end execs more :)

    "The majority of a single vote is as sacred as if unanimous." - Thomas Jefferson

    by cartwrightdale on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 08:15:34 AM PST

    •  only 2.6% of all workers make minimum wage (0+ / 0-)

      Very few business pay workers minimum wage.  And half the people making minimum wage are students or exempt employees like tipped workers.

      I'm all for workers making more money.  But raising the minimum wage is a distraction.. it helps so few people it distracts attention and energy away from the real problem - no good jobs in this country.

      •  But it changes more than that 2.6% of wages. (1+ / 0-)
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        There are a lot more people making hourly wages defined as being X dollars over minimum wage, and all those people get raises when the minimum wage goes up.

        And then there are all the people making a defined X dollars between the old minimum and the new minimum who also get raises to bring them up to at least the new minimum when the minimum wage goes up.

        When I was in college a decade ago, not all that many working students were making just minimum wage at campus jobs - they were making a quarter over, or a dime. And the highest bracket the school allowed then was well under the minimum wage now in place. Very few people making flat minimum wage for those jobs, EVERYBODY getting raises when it went up.

        •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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          Let's say you're at Fast Food Restaurant A, and a new hire cashier starts at $7.25/hr, and their direct supervisor with five years with the company makes $10.10/hr.  That means the supervisor is making 40% more than the underling, which seems a fair reward for additional abilities, responsibilities, and loyalty with the company.

          But suppose the minimum wage is raised to $10.10/hr.  That means the new hire cashier starts at the same rate as the supervisor.  To the supervisor, though, that now feels rather unfair, because his responsibilities and company loyalty far exceed the new hire's.  He went from making 40% more than minimum wage to making just minimum wage.  There's no incentive to stay, really, since he could now make $10.10/hr with a no-experience entry-level job.  

          So Fast Food Restaurant A can either raise the supervisor's rate to, say, $14.14/hr (proportionally fair), or hope the supervisor doesn't leave.  What might happen is that Fast Food Restaurant B across the street realizes they need to pay their supervisors more than minimum wage, for moral and work quality reasons, and so advertises a supervisor position that starts at $15/hr.  Our supervisor can either make minimum wage at company A, or feel a bit better about himself by moving to company B.  He has five years experience after all, at a competitor company with insight of what works and what doesn't.  If Company A is smart, they'd quickly raise our supervisor's wage to $15/hr.

          Of course, if the supervisor's manager with 10 years experience was making $15/hr, then now he feels that it's unfair to be making the same rate as his underling, and so he might get bumped to $20/hr.   This is why fast food prices would probably go up -- the people who say McDonalds can easily afford to pay all minimum wage employees $15/hr are forgetting that all the supervisors and managers would have to get a proportional jump too, and that could get pricey.  However, I see a lot of public good in having people working fulltime earning a living wage, and see very little public good in fast food being cheaper than a bag of carrots.

          "A rising tide lifts all boats" is sometimes used to justify high salaries and CEO compensation, but it's more accurate to observe that setting the minimum wage higher lifts everyone above it, too.

          "The majority of a single vote is as sacred as if unanimous." - Thomas Jefferson

          by cartwrightdale on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 09:06:40 AM PST

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  •  Popular with majority of voters but not the crazy (2+ / 0-)
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    right wing base.

  •  Voters -- repeat -- voters want these things... (1+ / 0-)
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    Janet 707

    Voters can be shown the candidates are IN THE WAY of what they want.


    And telling the truth, not like those stinky GOP/TPer adverts that you know smell to high heaven.

    50 state strategy, too. Consistent from state to state and from district to district, except for the details of the stinky candidate.

    GOP = Stinky.

    Ugh. --UB.

    "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Randian Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of West Dakota!"

    by unclebucky on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 08:34:16 AM PST

  •  Voter preference vs. their representative's vote (0+ / 0-)

    I think polls like this should be done in every congressional district, for all pending legislation and after each vote.  Local media should then routinely compare how the representatives voted vs. what the actual preference of those they represent is.  Then at election time, you could do a summary of their votes vs. what the people actually wanted.

  •  "long disproved claim?" (0+ / 0-)

    That must go right along with "debunked", right?

    That being the case, seems to me that we should raise the minimum wage to $100 an hour.

    If a little is good, a lot must be great.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 09:13:06 AM PST

    •  Thanks for the right wing talking point (0+ / 0-)

      But, yes, the wording was sloppy.

      The correct statement is that it's been disproved for moderate increases in the minimum wage.  But that can be considered implied, since moderate increases were what was being polled -- and no one is arguing for $100/hour...or even $20/hour (although some are arguing for $15/hour).

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 10:26:27 AM PST

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      •  It can not be implied, because the level that (1+ / 0-)
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        constitutes a moderate increase is not clear.

        I suspect that $10.10 is probably a "harmless" increase that will bring the wages paid minimum wage workers more in line with the actual value they provide, with some ripple effect through the wage structure.

        It might result in some wage-driven inflation, but it might not.

        Don't know.

        But we need to recognize minimum wage as exactly what it is: minimum.

        Employers will still want to encourage good employees with raises, bonuses, etc to make their businesses run better.  People with special needed skills will still get paid more money and life will go on.

        The best argument for a minimum wage is not really that people need to make X dollars to survive, thought that's not a bad one, especially when coupled with a governmental interest in not supporting people who can support themselves.

        The best argument is that minimum wage workers tend to have such a power deficit relative to employers that it distorts the market.  A minimum wage should correct for that imbalance.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 10:36:00 AM PST

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  •  FYI: ending the Bush tax cuts was a 2010 winner (1+ / 0-)
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    And yet Harry Reid did not schedule a vote to end the Bush tax cuts (on the wealthy) or a millionaire's tax, despite ample evidence from pollster Stan Greenberg that the American people strongly supported such measures.

    The argument that Reid was worried that the Democrats would not get 60 votes to invoke cloture iMO was and still is not valid. At the very least, you would have had the GOP Senators on record and then asked non-incumbent GOP candidates where they stood on the issue.

  •  Direct democracy a la ancient Athens is techically (0+ / 0-)

    possible today.  Why not?  Not everything would go our way, but we'd have immediate extension of unemployment benefits, prioritization of ending economic inequality, raising the minimum wage, universal same-sex marriage, higher taxes on the rich (especially on unearned income), pretty quick withdrawal from Afghanistan, universal legalization of marijuana...
        Why should we be ruled by the ideas of Montesquieu?

    Armed! I feel like a savage! Barbarella

    by richardvjohnson on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 11:16:11 AM PST

  •  Voters do not count PERIOD! (0+ / 0-)

    Make a list of the ex-issues which have faded from the headlines - Voter Suppression, Global Warming, Drilling for Oil, Breaking up Banks, Jailing Bank Fraudsters and Wall St Crooks, Fixing the foreclosures mess, Student Loans, Gun Controls, Single Payer, Women's Health Clinics, GMO's, DADT, Money as speech, Campaign Finance, Tax Reform, and now - Unemployment Extension. All of these have had a majority of PEOPLE in favor of change. None of these things have made it through the meat grinder without being crushed beyond recognition. So - While PEOPLE want unemployment extended, the Corporations as people do NOT want anything to work while Obama is in that White House. They can survive even if voters starve and get thrown out on the street.

  •  unemployment and minimum wage (0+ / 0-)

    voters need to understand one thing-the current congress doesn't represent you.  all of these people are millionaires and don't care about what you think.  they are no longer serving the interests of the public.  they represent the wealthy and global corporations who are funding their campaigns to remain in office.  the are slowly pulling the rug from under our feet.  clearly we need to reign in our government and regain control of it by replacing the current cadre of despicable people we have allowed to reign over us.  maybe it is time for a term limited government which will limit the degree of corruption that now pours out of local, state, and national government.

  •  I'm very glad for this poll. (0+ / 0-)

    It is very clear that the absolutely necessary thing to do for our people is also important for our economy AND is politically important for Democrats. We should all sign the petition. We should all call our Members and Senators. And they should whale the shit out of Republicans for opposing both these crucial measures. And we all should tell the strong truth about Republicans opposing these measures -- to oppose raising the minimum wage and to oppose extending unemployment is economic treason.


    by StewartAcuff on Fri Jan 10, 2014 at 06:48:04 AM PST

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