Poll: 71% support raising minimum wage, including 52% of Republicans

Raising the minimum wage will lead businesses to cut jobs, voters say 50 – 45 percent, with Republicans seeing job cuts 68 – 29 percent and Democrats saying no 65 – 29 percent. Independent voters expect job cuts 51 – 45 percent.

Voters also support 58 – 37 percent extending unemployment benefits for three months. Support is 83 – 13 percent among Democrats and 54 – 41 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 54 – 42 percent.

If a candidate for Congress supports extending jobless benefits, 33 percent are more likely to vote for that candidate, with 24 percent less likely and 40 percent who say it won’t affect their vote. A candidate who supports raising the minimum wage wins 41 percent “more likely” support, with 18 percent “less likely” and 39 percent saying “no difference.