majority of U.S. residents agree: the current economic system works in
favor of the rich over those who are not born into wealth and one way of
shrinking the growing gap of income inequality would be to raise the
national minimum wage substantially, a new poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News finds.
to the poll, 57% of Americans think the federal government should
"pursue policies that try to reduce the gap between wealthy and less
Sixty-four percent, or nearly two-thirds of Americans, said current
federal government policies do more to favor wealthy Americans over the
And 66% percent support raising the federal minimum wage, compared to 31% who oppose it.
The annual salary of a full-time American worker employed at the current minimum wage, $7.25 per hour, is $15,080—less than the official federal government poverty level for a family of two.
According to a recent report,
52% of workers at fast food chains including those who work full-time,
are forced to rely on safety net programs such as Medicaid and the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to meet their basic needs.