More than seven out of ten (74%) of New Jersey voters say the state’s minimum wage should be increased, although not necessarily to the $15-per-hour level Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders want it to go.
Less than a quarter (22%) of New Jerseyans think the minimum wage — now at $8.60 — should stay the same. 2% want it decreased.
According to the poll, the average response for where New Jerseyans want the minimum wage is $12.47-per-hour.
Democrats want it just slightly higher — $13.01 — while Republicans are at $11.09 and Independents average a preference at $12.25.
67% of voters still think the minimum wage should increase, even if it means employers raising prices.
“Although the governor and public are in agreement that $8.60 is too little as an hourly wage, there’s about $2.50 worth of daylight between them when it comes to how much that increase should be. Policymakers will need to do a better job explaining why $15 is the magic number when it exceeds what many across the state believe is a more reasonable wage for those making the least allowed by law,” said Krista Jenkins, professor of politics and director of the poll.