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Strong majority against a $12 minimum wage in NH - 658 participants

Jul 06, 2016

At a stump speech in Hampton this week, Gov. Maggie Hassan announced her support for an increase in the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 per hour. The statement put her at odds with the official Democratic party agenda, which is pushing for a $15 per hour minimum. Read more about this issue. On July 6, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Would you support a $12 minimum wage in New Hampshire?”

Would you support a $12 minimum wage in New Hampshire?

$12 Minimum Wage NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 658 participants gave 2,104 responses.

A total of 86% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 14% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 2,104 responses from 658 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

No: A strong majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 74%, opposed a $12 minimum wage in New Hampshire.

  • “Minimum wage is for people starting out, not a forever wage. The states that have done this have seen a large increase in unemployment, higher prices and more automation.”
  • “Minimum wage laws don't work. Long term, it just raises the cost of everything.”
  • “Government-mandated minimum unit cost for labor does not really accomplish anything. For real action against poverty, look into curbing inflation, deregulating commercial activity, reducing taxes, and eliminating corporate subsidies.”

Yes: A slight minority, at 26% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, supported a $12 minimum wage in New Hampshire.

  • "It would be nice to be able to live on my own without working 2 jobs and overtime at both.”
  • “Raising minimum wage has always created a more stable economy and never caused higher unemployment all the way back to the Great Depression when laws like that got us out of it.”
  • “There has been so much inflation over the years, and yet the pay rate is still the same. It's time for change.”

Other: As noted above, 14% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • The issue of fairness: “If people making minimum wage get a raise, all the rest of us should get the same.”
  • Discussing alternatives: “There should be a sliding scale depending on the size of the company just because large corps can afford it and small business can’t.”
  • Debating whether the proposed $12/hr is adequate: “If we kept up to the living wages of the 1960's, the minimum wage would be $21/hour.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Comments

Keith Moulton
- Plaistow

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 8:10am

NO absolutely not, it will certainly put people out of work and force businesses to leave the state or go under.

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