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Poll: Republicans couldn't live on minimum wage --- but fight raising it

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Nearly seven in 10 Republicans don't believe they could live on the nation's $7.25 minimum wage, but only 37 percent support raising it to $10.10, according to a new poll done for Americans United for Change, a major force in the bid to raise the base rate.

Their new poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, found that just 20 percent of voters overall believe they could support their home on the minimum wage, with 75 percent saying it would not be enough. AUC teamed with the Center For American Progress Action Fund for the poll.

A survey memo being released Tuesday, and supplied to Secrets Monday night, said, “There is a bipartisan consensus on that front with 80 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of independents, and 69 percent of Republicans saying they don’t think they’d be able to live off the minimum wage.”

But that doesn't mean there is similar support in the GOP for raising the rate to $10.10. Said the memo: “54 percent of Americans support increasing the minimum wage to $10.10, compared to just 39 percent opposed. 74 percent of Democrats are in support of it, but what's more striking is that 37 percent of Republicans support it to only 53 percent who are opposed. That's an unusually high level of support from GOP voters for an Obama-backed policy initiative.”

Earlier Monday, AUC announced a campaign called “Live the Wage” and encouraged top Republican leaders to try to live for a week on the minimum wage. Two Democrats who signed up to the campaign said they are struggling to live on the minimum wage.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.