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WHAS11/CJ Bluegrass Poll: Majority back minimum wage hike

by Joe Arnold


Posted on August 31, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 1 at 5:03 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A majority of Kentucky voters support the Obama administration's proposal to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour, according to the WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll released Saturday night.

By an 18 point margin, 55 percent to 37 percent, Kentucky voters in the survey support raising the minimum wage.  Eight percent said they are not sure.  Six months ago, the idea had wider support in the WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll, a 29 point margin then.

647 registered voters
WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll
Raise minimum wage to $10.10?
55% Raise minimum wage
37% Leave minimum wage alone
8% Not sure
Margin of error = ± 3.9%

The issue marks a clear difference between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), who opposed raising the minimum wage during a tepid economic recovery, and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, who has made the minimum wage hike a plank in a platform of pocketbook issues.

On a recording released by a liberal group last week, McConnell told a gathering of conservative donors in June that the idea is such a job killer, if he becomes Senate Majority Leader, he would block debate on a minimum wage hike.
A recording of his comments released last week by a liberal group:

"And we're not going to be debating all these gosh darn proposals," McConnell is heard on the recording.  "That's all we do in the Senate is vote on things like raising the minimum wage...... cost the country 500,000 new jobs."

"What these tapes reveal is that if reelected he will not even consider a vote to increase the minimum wage," Grimes said in a Thursday interview on MSNBC.

At an endorsement announcement by the National Federation of Independent Business in February, McConnell explained opposition to a minimum wage hike, which he says is a job killer.

"Particularly destroying jobs for young people," McConnell said.  "The minimum wage is for the most part an entry level wage for a lot of young people."

At a Louisville speech to union members in July, Grimes said her support of the minimum wage increase shows that she is "someone that wants to give the middle class of Kentucky a fighting chance to actually survive."

For the entire poll click here.