A new Gallup survey found that 76 percent of Americans would support a law to increase the federal minimum wage to $9 a hour (currently $7.25). Even 58 percent of Republicans backed the increase. A large majority (69 percent) also support the $9 rate along with future automatic increases tied to inflation, though only 43 percent of Republicans supported automatic increases. The minimum wage’s real value has declined by 33 percent since 1968, Gallup reported.
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