Are Americans Ready for a $15 Minimum Wage?

We conducted an online survey of over 1,000 Americans to gain a deeper understand of the country's position on a $15 minimum wage. The survey aims to discover differences among demographics groups and their support for a $15 minimum wage, as well as the perceptions people have about the impact of raising the minimum wage to $15.

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Who Supports a $15 Minimum Wage?

Half of respondents think a $15 minimum wage is just right for the country, and Democrats, women and millennials are more likely to think this.

Consequences of Raising the Minimum Wage

In general, people believe that raising the minimum wage would impact the prices of goods and services and the number of low-wage jobs.

Even if people may support a $15 minimum wage despite its impact on prices, they also believe their incomes deserve to increase.

Support for a $15 Minimum Wage Across Party Lines

Democrats were much more likely to think a $15 minimum wage was right for the country, but even Republicans thought the minimum wage should be around $12.50 on average.


The ValuePenguin Minimum Wage Survey is designed to gain a deeper understanding of how Americans feel about a $15 minimum wage and its effects. The survey aims to discover differences among demographic groups and their support for a $15 minimum wage, as well as perceptions about minimum wage workers and economic consequences of raising the minimum wage.

ValuePenguin and SSI conducted an online survey between June 29 and July 14, 2016. Participants come from 49 states (excluding South Dakota) and Washington, D.C. and are at least 18 years old. The survey results are based on 1,066 usable responses and are weighted by age and educational attainment to reflect the characteristics of the U.S. population as reported in the 2016 Census.1

1The sample was not statistically different from the population in terms of gender

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