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Everyone in America Supports a Minimum-Wage Hike—Except the Tea Party

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Fast-food workers across the U.S. are striking Thursday to demand higher wages, and it turns out they're not alone in believing the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is much too low. A majority of Americans—71 percent—support hiking the minimum to $10, according to the 2013 American Values Survey by the Public Religion Research Institute. Democrats overwhelmingly support an increase, and even a majority of Republicans do. The minimum wage “is that rare issue where there is bipartisan and cross-religious support,” says Dan Cox, PRRI's research director. Except for the Tea Party, that is.

Public Religion Research Institute, American Values Survey, October 2013