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February 13, 2013

New Jerseyans are overwhelmingly in favor of raising the minimum wage to 8.50 an hour, with 66 percent of registered voters saying they will support a November ballot question raising the rate with automatic annual cost-of-living increases, according to a recent poll by the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Only 14 percent of those responding said they would be against the measure and 20 percent said they were unsure. Even Republicans said they would favor the measure by 56 percent versus 22 percent.

Nevertheless, most of those polled said they heard only a little (46 percent) or nothing at all (39 percent) about the issue, regardless of party affiliation or gender. When told of Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a bill raising the state’s minimum wage, 21 percent said they were satisfied with his decision, 33 percent were dissatisfied, and 37 percent said they could live with it.

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