Well, here’s a shocker. A new AP poll shows that a majority of Americans want a higher minimum wage. They also want paid sick leave and parental leave, free community college and more gender equality laws. And, of course, they want wealthy taxpayers to pay for all of it.
Who wouldn’t? The poll doesn’t ask about the resulting economic impact of these feel-good policies.
Pollsters will never ask questions such as, “Studies show that increasing the minimum wage results in fewer jobs and slower economic growth. Do you favor an increase in the minimum wage?”
The Poll That Will Never Be
To provide some balance, perhaps AP should poll Americans about the following questions.
Do you favor higher unemployment and lower economic growth?
It’s basic economics that when the price of something goes up, demand falls. Increasing the minimum wage, and requiring paid sick leave and parental leave may be desirable for employees, but many would lose their jobs as a result.