Two Thirds Approval for $15
National Minimum Wage
Popular among least wealthy,
in Atlantic Canada, among New Democrats
TORONTO, October 13th
– In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1437
Canadian voters, fully two thirds approve of a national minimum wage of $15 an
hour (63%), and this is common to the oldest (67%), the least wealthy (less
than $20K - 76%), in Atlantic Canada (73%) and BC (67%) but not in Alberta
(49%), among New Democrats (84%) but not among Conservatives (36%) and among
those with some college or university (69%).
disapprove of the idea (31%), and this is common to the youngest (35%), the
wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 36%), in Alberta (45%), among Conservatives (59%),
those with children (41%) and college graduates (36%).
“It is curious that the
very wealthiest, who have no need of it, are the most likely to object to what
has been described as an adequate living wage for a young family, while it is
championed, obviously, by the least wealthy. Youth are more likely to object,
presumably, because they think their job prospects are those most threatened by
a higher minimum wage" said Forum Research
President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.
Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is
the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at (416) 960-9603.