This recent Pew Research poll tells us something interesting. Not only does the majority of the American people support President Obama’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $9/hour–more Republicans support than oppose the measure. The poll shows a sizable majority of 71% of Americans in favor of the plan, while Republicans are split with 50% supporting the measure and 47% against it. (The only group which consistently opposes the plan are Tea Party followers, with 64% against it. However, this poll seems to put the lie to the idea that Tea Party values are those of most Americans.)
So who else is against raising the minimum wage? Republican lawmakers. Republican lawmakers, as opposed to the Republican rank and file, which is much more divided on the issue. And no wonder, since a lot of regular Republicans work regular jobs, in which they are dependent on a decent wage. The lawmakers are much more concerned about the well-being of their business owner friends and how this measure might affect them. As usual, the Republican leadership doesn’t necessarily represent the interests of the people voting for them–and the people who continue to vote for them do so at their own risk.