Poll: Wide support among N.Y. voters for $15 minimum wage

ALBANY, N.Y. - A new poll finds that New York voters support raising the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour.

The poll released Friday by Quinnipiac University found 62 percent of voters supporting a phased-in increase. Thirty-five percent of the respondents opposed the idea.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the state Legislature to approve a $15 minimum wage. The administration has already approved a phased-in $15 minimum for fast-food workers. That didn't require legislative approval.

The poll found the wage increase supported by both Democrats and independents, with 65 percent of Republicans opposed to the idea. Similarly, Republicans in control of the state Senate oppose Cuomo's proposal.

The Sept. 10-15 telephone poll of 1,366 voters has a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points.