CITIZEN VOICES® Majority oppose increasing minimum wage - 86 participants

Dec 05, 2013

While the idea that every working person should be paid a fair wage is not codified into law, it certainly rings true for most Americans. However, some say New Hampshire’s current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour places families well below the poverty line, while several NH representatives have already requested a 2014 bill to increase it. Most recently, protest rallies were held at fast food restaurants in 100 cities, including Manchester. On December 5, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH raise the minimum wage?”

Should NH raise the minimum wage?

Minimum Wage NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 86 participants gave 350 responses.

A total of 84% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 16% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 86 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 350 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

No: A strong majority, at 70% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to increasing the minimum wage. 

  • “Controlling business plans is not going to boost NH economy or invite business to the state. The life choices of people is not the fault of or the business of employers.”
  • “Minimum skills, minimum education, minimum pay. Want more money? Learn new skills and work your way up.”
  • "It will be made up somewhere—either by getting rid of the help, or raising the price of the product, or both…[It’s] not a good thing for the economy at all."

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 30%, were in favor of increasing the minimum wage.   

  • “The cost of living has gone up since the 70's, but not wages. Something really does need to be done.”

Other: As noted above, 16% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues.   

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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