Poll: 77 Percent Favor Hike To Massachusetts Minimum Wage

A new poll shows Massachusetts residents overwhelmingly support bumping the state’s minimum wage from its current $8 an hour.

David Paleologos of Suffolk University’s Political Research Center says 77 percent of likely voters approve of a $10 an hour wage.

“Had I known that the results would be so lopsided, we probably would have tested a higher per hour minimum wage – $11, $12 maybe even $15 – just to see where the momentum slows down, where the resiliency is,” Paleologos says. “But this is an easy one.”

The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill gradually raising the minimum wage to $11 an hour. The House is expected to take up the issue in the next few months.

Meanwhile, the poll tested opinions ahead of this year’s election of a new governor. Attorney General Martha Coakley emerges as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.

In the general election, the poll’s respondents favor Coakley over Republican Charlie Baker, but Baker leads any of the other Democratic candidates.