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Quinnipiac Poll: 75 Percent Of NYC Residents Favor $15 Minimum Wage

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A new Quinnipiac University poll found that 75 percent of New York City residents are in favor of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour statewide.

Last year, Cuomo approved a wage hike for fast food workers, raising their pay to $15 an hour. The governor wants to gradually raise the hourly wage to $15 for all workers, which would be the highest state wage in the nation.

Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio also issued raises for many for 50,000 workers – who will all earn at least $15 per hour by the end of 2018. The raise will and apply to every city employee and every employee of contracted social services agencies when the plan is fully implemented, WCBS 880's Rich Lamb reported at the time.

The new poll showed that 88 percent of Democrats in New York City supported the minimum wage hike to $15 per hour, along with 60 percent of independent voters, and about 40 percent of Republican voters.

A total of 85 percent of women and 63 percent of men supported the wage hike, along with 70 percent of all age demographics. A total of 92 percent of black voters, 85 percent of Hispanic voters, and 63 percent of white voters also supported the hike.

By borough, 81 percent of voters from the Bronx, 77 percent of those from Brooklyn, 76 percent of those from Manhattan, 72 percent of those from Queens, and 66 percent of those from Staten Island supported the wage hike.

The poll came days after the Mario Cuomo Campaign for Economic Justice – which brought together representatives of labor, the clergy, civil rights, community groups, business leaders, and workers who have joined together to support a statewide minimum wage hike to $15.

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