Rasmussen Poll: 61% Favor Raising Minimum Wage to $10.10 An Hour

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ScHmahl IdioT

Marietta, GA

#1 Aug 9, 2013
Most Americans don't think it's possible to live on the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour and favor raising it dramatically. They also believe the minimum wage should continue to rise to keep up with inflation even though they don't necessarily see that as good for the economy.

Just 10% of American Adults believe the current minimum wage is a wage someone can live on, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Seventy-seven percent (77%) say the minimum wage is not enough to live on. Thirteen percent (13%) are undecided.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_conten...
LIbEralS

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Aug 10, 2013
Maybe they should look for a better job.
LIbEralS

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Aug 10, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
SO, the responsibility is on the worker to FIND a job that pays more,...
YES! That is how it works.
redeemer

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Aug 10, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
SO, the responsibility is on the worker to FIND a job that pays more, rather than the company to pay decently ??
The Ex-spurt finally got something right. YES! It is the worker's responsibility to find a better job if he/she does not like the one they have or the pay they get.
LIbEralS

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Aug 11, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
Actually, they can unionize & demand, rather then run like rats.....
Poor little rat, stay low rent, you'll never have a cent.
PS- Try a woman, obsessing on me is NOT HEALTHY !!!
If the employment picture is in their favor, they can command, not demand, a better wage. However, in this Obama economy, workers and those that want to work are plentiful, so you won't see too much of that...
LIbEralS

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Aug 11, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
SO, the responsibility is on the worker to FIND a job that pays more, rather than the company to pay decently ??...
YES! That is how it works.
redeemer

Hopkins, MN

#15 Aug 11, 2013
Here is what is going to happen to your minimum wage worker. Go on strike for higher wages and put yourself out of a job. The market will rid itself of unskilled and uneducated workers very shortly.

McDonald's hires 7,000 touch-screen cashiers

Would you like some microchips with that burger? McDonald's Europe strikes another blow against human interaction by installing 7,000 touch-screen computers to take your order and money.

by Amanda Kooser
May 17, 2011 4:20 PM PDT

McDonalds recently went on a hiring binge in the U.S., adding 62,000 employees to its roster. The hiring picture doesn't look quite so rosy for Europe, where the fast food chain is drafting 7,000 touch-screen kiosks to handle cashiering duties.

The move is designed to boost efficiency and make ordering more convenient for customers. In an interview with the Financial Times, McDonald's Europe President Steve Easterbrook notes that the new system will also open up a goldmine of data. McDonald's could potentially track every Big Mac, McNugget, and large shake you order. A calorie account tally at the end of the year could be a real shocker.

The touch screens will only accept debit or credit cards, adding to the slow death knell of cash and coins. This all goes along with an overall revamp of McDonald's restaurants worldwide aimed at projecting a modern image as opposed to the old-fashioned golden arches with a slightly creepy (to my taste anyway) clown guy hanging around the french fries.
ist

Rockford, MN

#17 Aug 11, 2013
Put more effort into raising wages in other countries first. Level the playing field. If every other country will do it for less, why are you asking for more?

Realism vs idealism. See what happens first.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#23 Aug 13, 2013
redeemer wrote:
Here is what is going to happen to your minimum wage worker. Go on strike for higher wages and put yourself out of a job. The market will rid itself of unskilled and uneducated workers very shortly.
McDonald's hires 7,000 touch-screen cashiers
Would you like some microchips with that burger? McDonald's Europe strikes another blow against human interaction by installing 7,000 touch-screen computers to take your order and money.
by Amanda Kooser
May 17, 2011 4:20 PM PDT
McDonalds recently went on a hiring binge in the U.S., adding 62,000 employees to its roster. The hiring picture doesn't look quite so rosy for Europe, where the fast food chain is drafting 7,000 touch-screen kiosks to handle cashiering duties.
The move is designed to boost efficiency and make ordering more convenient for customers. In an interview with the Financial Times, McDonald's Europe President Steve Easterbrook notes that the new system will also open up a goldmine of data. McDonald's could potentially track every Big Mac, McNugget, and large shake you order. A calorie account tally at the end of the year could be a real shocker.
The touch screens will only accept debit or credit cards, adding to the slow death knell of cash and coins. This all goes along with an overall revamp of McDonald's restaurants worldwide aimed at projecting a modern image as opposed to the old-fashioned golden arches with a slightly creepy (to my taste anyway) clown guy hanging around the french fries.
Automation will continue to eliminate low wage jobs. Notice how more and more self serve checkouts are showing up in retail stores. It won't be long before drive up tellers are eliminated in favor of ATM's. Robots will eventually eliminate most menial tasks that exist today.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#33 Aug 14, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
Yeah, & everyone knows robots take no maintenance, parts, service or programming.
!!!
Apparently, everyone but honey slew slew knows that maintaining, servicing, and programming robotic devices does not fall in to the category of minimum wage jobs nor does it count as "unskilled labor". The same unskilled labor which the robots are replacing.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#34 Aug 14, 2013
LIbEralS wrote:
<quoted text>
YES! That is how it works.
" Bushwhacker wrote:
SO, the responsibility is on the worker to FIND a job that pays more, rather than the company to pay decently ??..."

YES! That is how it works.

Finally, something sinks in to that addled brain allegedly from Seattle.
Duh

Columbus, IN

#43 Sep 1, 2013
cantmakeitup wrote:
<quoted text>
" Bushwhacker wrote:
SO, the responsibility is on the worker to FIND a job that pays more, rather than the company to pay decently ??..."
YES! That is how it works.
Finally, something sinks in to that addled brain allegedly from Seattle.
So what happens to all the people stuck in low paying jobs that CAN'T find a better job? They don't deserve a decent days pay for their labor?
John Lee Anonymous

Columbus, IN

#45 Sep 1, 2013
So why is minimum wage about 50% less than it was half a century ago?

Who is supposed to provide food, shelter and medical care for the people on minimum wage jobs?

I believe it is a basic human instinct and a basic human right to have a family, and neither you nor all the rich people in world can keep that from happening.
Jack Boot

Saint Paul, MN

#49 Sep 1, 2013
The $7.50 an hour jobs are not for a family of four.
They are for teens so that they can learn how to work, earn and save.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#50 Sep 1, 2013
Teens are supposed to work during the day and overnight shifts?

Why should teens now get paid almost 50% less than they did in the 60's and 70's?
Jack Boot

Minneapolis, MN

#51 Sep 1, 2013
“Raise the Wage!$9.50 by 2015” exclaims this year’s billboard atop the AFL-CIO pavilion at the State Fair. It’s getting a positive response — better, said several volunteers in red T-shirts bearing the same logo, than labor’s more controversial 2012 State Fair theme,“Tax the Rich.”

That may be in part because fair­goers understand another message, the one on the black T-shirts sported by a number of participants in Tuesday’s “Raise the Wage!” campaign kickoff news conference:“Increase family income, improve child outcomes.”

They pointed to data that refute the common misconception that few heads of households are paid the minimum wage. In Minnesota, a third of 360,000 minimum-wage workers are either parents or are married.

The proportion of heads of households is likely higher among low-wage workers whose wages are only slightly above the minimum, and would likely move up along with it. A national study released last week said that if the hourly minimum were increased to $10.10, a quarter of those whose incomes would grow are parents.
John Lee Anonymous

Minneapolis, MN

#53 Sep 1, 2013
America’s minimum wage was raised to $7.25 per hour on July 24, 2009. It’s still there. Unlike almost all other federal benchmarks, the minimum wage is not updated for inflation.

The minimum wage reached its (inflation-adjusted) historic high in 1968, when it was raised from $1.40 to $1.60 per hour. Adjusted for inflation using the BLS online inflation calculator that would come to $10.55 per hour in 2012 dollars.

That $10.55 figure is the focus of a nationwide campaign organized by the National Employment Law Project (NELP). In today’s political climate it would certainly be a major accomplishment to achieve a $10.55 minimum wage. But $10.55 is still far too low.

Using 1968 as our benchmark for the minimum wage implies that low-wage Americans today should be making just as much as low-wage Americans were making 44 years ago. That benchmark is — frankly — ridiculous.

Can you imagine Americans of 1968 settling for a minimum wage standard of living that had been set based on 1924 standards? What about 1880 standards? At some point we should expect low-wage workers to start living better than they used to. Don’t low-wage Americans deserve to live in the 21st century, not the mid-20th?

A better way to update the minimum wage is to benchmark it to personal income growth in the economy as a whole.

Per capita real personal income excluding current transfer receipts — that is, the personal income earned in the economy, excluding Social Security and other government programs, adjusted for inflation — has grown by 100.6% since 1968.

In other words, the NELP has it too low — by half. If our standard for minimum wages had kept pace with overall income growth in the American economy, it would now be $21.16 per hour.

Yes, had the US income distribution and US standards of decency remained exactly what it was in 1968, the minimum wage would now be $21.16 per hour.

- See more at: http://inequality.org/minimum-wage/#sthash.Xz...
John Lee Anonymous

Minneapolis, MN

#55 Sep 1, 2013
Nothing says you have to be a Christian to live in America, fortunately for you right wingers.
background noise

Walnut, CA

#56 Sep 1, 2013
Just 10% of American Adults believe the current minimum wage is a wage someone can live on, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Seventy-seven percent (77%) say the minimum wage is not enough to live on. Thirteen percent (13%) are undecided.
Stupid Democrats

Minneapolis, MN

#57 Sep 1, 2013
background noise wrote:
Just 10% of American Adults believe the current minimum wage is a wage someone can live on, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Seventy-seven percent (77%) say the minimum wage is not enough to live on. Thirteen percent (13%) are undecided.
No one should expect to live on minimum wage. Get your high school degree. Obtain some job skills. Don't have kids until you can afford them. You will be able to live very comfortably while the lazy slugs wallow in poverty as a result of their own choices.

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