CITIZEN VOICES® Majority oppose increasing minimum wage - 359 participants

Jan 05, 2017

Rep. Douglas Ley is sponsoring a 2017 bill to raise the New Hampshire minimum wage. Right now New Hampshire uses the federal minimum wage, $7.25. The bill sponsored by Rep. Ley increases the wage to $9.50 in 2018 and $12 in 2019, followed by annual cost of living increases. Read more about this issue here. On December 22, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should New Hampshire raise the minimum wage, starting at $9.50 in 2018?”

Should New Hampshire raise the minimum wage, starting at $9.50 in 2018?

Minimum Wage Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 1,006 participants gave 359 responses.

A total of 93% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 7% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 359 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 1,006 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

No: A majority, at 62% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to increasing the minimum wage in New Hampshire.

  • “Minimum wage isn't meant to support a family. Raise wages and companies will automate everything that they can so they can run with as few people as possible.”
  • “No. NH's low unemployment rate is driving the market to raise pay already… We don't need a law.”
  • “Minimum wage jobs should be for entry level only. Workers that want more money should work their way up.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 38%, were in favor of increasing the minimum wage in New Hampshire.

  • “Minimum wage should equal a living wage. Anything else keeps poor people dependent on public assistance.”
  • “I'm a NH resident, and the low minimum wage is encouraging me to leave the state to somewhere that actually pays me something I can live on.”
  • “This should have been done quite some time ago. Time to realize that the minimum wage should match the standard of living.”

Other: As noted above, 7% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues.

  • Higher wages than those called for by HB 115: “$15 is the correct amount.”
  • Sharing personal experiences: “My husband and I are low income. We pay federal taxes. We don't get foodstamps or any other help.”
  • Defining entry-level jobs: “How is manufacturing low skill? Many manufacturing jobs are not entry level.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Related Bill

HB 115 (2017)
Bill Status: Killed in the House
Hearing date: Jan 25, 2017

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