Press Herald poll: Minimum wage question has a 32-point lead

Press Herald poll: Minimum wage question has a 32-point lead

In a poll just released by the Portland Press Herald and conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, 60% of likely Maine voters said they would vote in favor of Question 4, the ballot measure to gradually raise Maine’s minimum wage from $7.50 to $12 by 2020. 28% of respondents said they would vote against the measure and 12% were undecided.

“This result is a vindication of our grassroots campaign and of the basic American idea that everyone who works hard, full time, deserves to be able to make ends meet,” said Mainers for Fair Wages campaign manager Amy Halsted. “We’re not resting easy though. There are powerful national interests like the Koch brothers who oppose raising the minimum wage and who could spend millions over the next few weeks to stop this from passing, but this is certainly a good place to start.”

Yesterday, a Koch-funded organization called the Maine Heritage Policy Center held a press conference to attack the ballot measure in what may be a preview of their Maine anti-minimum wage campaign.

The internal numbers from the survey show that Question 4 is similarly popular in both of Maine’s congressional districts and has strong majority support across all age groups and levels of income and education. Some of the greatest percentages in favor were among women, Democrats and voters over the age of 65.

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