Among all Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, those who agree with the Tea Party oppose the proposed minimum wage hike by two-to-one (64% to 32%). Those who have no opinion of the Tea Party, or disagree with it, favor increasing the minimum wage by 60% to 36%.That translates to "extremely conservative Republicans oppose raising the minimum wage," which isn't much of a surprise—more striking is that so many people who are still Republicans in this age of Republican extremism are in favor of raising it.
As a reminder, $9.00 an hour means an annual income of less than $19,000 a year for full-time work, 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year. Congressional Democrats had been pushing to raise the minimum wage to $9.80 an hour, so Obama's proposal was already scaled back. But while $9.00 isn't as high as the minimum wage should be, it's a huge improvement from $7.25. It's an extra $70 for a 40-hour work week, more than $3,600 extra in a year of full-time work. And, for many, it's the difference between living below the poverty line and climbing above it at least by a little.