Poll: Minneapolis Voters Strongly Support $15/hour Charter Amendment


A new poll conducted by Patinkin Research Strategies from August 8-11 shows 68% of likely voters in Minneapolis would vote yes to putting the $15 minimum wage in the City’s Charter, which translates to nearly 7 in 10 voters ready to vote for $15/hour on the 2016 Minneapolis ballot.

The poll’s findings come as low-wage workers await the result of their lawsuit asking a judge to order the $15 minimum wage charter amendment onto the 2016 ballot, after the City Council voted to block the amendment from Minneapolis voters.

“Support for a $15 minimum wage ballot measure is both broad and deep in Minneapolis,” writes Ben Patinkin and Maggie Simich of Patinkin Research Strategies in the summary memo of the polling data. The poll shows that 68% of voters support the ballot measure. “With fewer than one-in-10 undecided, this ballot measure will be in a particularly strong position should it make it on to the ballot,” Patinkin and Simich write. The full memo from Patinkin Research Strategies is available here.

Those directly affected by poverty wages were most likely to support protecting $15/hour in the Minneapolis Charter. The poll showed a stunning 83% of African-American voters and 74% of women voters support the $15 Charter Amendment, groups that are disproportionately affected by poverty wages. A staggering 48% of black people in Minneapolis live in poverty, compared to 13% of white people. Two thirds of low-wage workers are women.  

Judge Susan Robiner’s decision in the case (Vasseur vs. City of Minneapolis) is expected by August 26th, the deadline to finalize the 2016 ballot. In a brief presented to Judge Robiner, the legal team for the $15 petitioners argues the Minneapolis City Council has acted illegally by taking the $15/hour decision off the ballot and out of the hands of the low-wage Minneapolis workers most affected by poverty pay.

Not only does a $15 minimum wage create more economic opportunity for women and workers of color who disproportionately fill low-wage, service-sector jobs, but all states where minimum wage was raised in 2014 experienced more job growth than areas where wages remained stagnant. Advocates in Minneapolis say the poll affirms the same broad and deep support for $15 across the city experienced by volunteers and organizers building the grassroots $15/hour campaign.

The poll is based on a telephone poll of 400 registered likely voters in Minneapolis. The margin of error is ±4.9% at the 95% level of confidence.


Minneapolis voters overwhelmingly support $15/hr - let them vote!

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