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What We Read Today 19 February 2015

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AP-GfK Poll: Most Americans Favor a Higher Minimum Wage (Emily Swanson, Associated Press, abc News)  Proposals to increase the federal minimum wage, as well as to require employers to give paid leave to their employees, find few objections among Americans as a whole but Republicans are more nearly evenly divided.  For all Americans:

  • Raise minimum wage:  60% pro, 20% against.
  • Paid sick leave:  60% pro.
  • Maternity leave:  67% pro.
  • Government does too little to help middle class and poor:  60%.
  • Government does too little to help the unemployed:  More than 50%.
  • Government does too much to help the wealthy:  67%.
  • Approval of Obama helping middle class and poor: "Most disapprove".
  • Which party will help middle class more:  Democratic nearly 67%, Republican approximately 33%.
  • Which party will help the poor more:  Democratic nearly 75%, Republican approximately 25%.
  • Government needs more laws for gender workplace equality: 41%.
  • Free community college:  56%.

For result details go to The AP-GfK Poll, January 2015.



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