CITIZEN VOICES® Majority opposed to raising the minimum wage – 250 citizens

Dec 08, 2015

Currently, New Hampshire’s minimum wage is identical to the federal minimum wage. However, two bills to gradually increase the minimum wage have been submitted for the 2016 legislative session, one for all employees and another only affecting tipped employees. Read more about this issue. On March 18, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Do you think New Hampshire should raise the minimum wage?”

Should NH raise the minimum wage?

Minimum Wage New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 250 participants gave 700 responses.

A total of 82% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 18% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 250 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 700 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

What Participants Said

No: A majority, at 59% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to raising the minimum wage. 

  • “Raising the minimum wage does nothing but hurt the economy; kill jobs and hurt small business.”
  • “Minimum wages knock the bottom rungs out of the ladder to getting up in the world, by pricing people out of entry-level jobs they could otherwise take.”
  • "The market should drive wage, not policy. Minimum wage is for entry level positions and if you want to earn more, earn the raise or promotion."

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 41%, were in favor of raising the minimum wage.  

  • “Cost of living has gone up. Why shouldn't pay?”
  • “It should at least be possible for a single unskilled person to live without welfare.”
  • "Every state that has raised minimum wage to a living wage has seen an increase in economic growth. Poor people have to spend the money they have and the NH businesses are the recipients of that money."

Other: As noted above, 18% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Alternatives: "I think minimum wage should be scaled and not universal. The bigger a company's gross income, the higher their minimum wage should be." 
  • The job market: "We need more jobs period. That would help raise the income."

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Related Bill

HB 1480 (2016)
Bill Status: Killed in the House
Hearing date: Jan 19, 2016
HB 1346 (2016)
Bill Status: Killed in the House

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