MILWAUKEE - A recently released University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee poll shows continued support for a state
minimum wage increase and strong opposition to spending state
funds on a new Milwaukee Bucks arena.
The Wisconsin Economic Scorecard is a quarterly
poll of Wisconsin residents conducted by the UWM Center for
Urban Initiatives and Research.
The scorecard released for the second quarter of
2014 shows that 76 percent of Wisconsin voters support
increasing the state’s minimum wage.
The poll also shows that spending state funds on
a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks is supported by only 24
percent of Wisconsin residents and 34 percent of Milwaukee-area
Spending state funds on associated infrastructure
projects is slightly more popular at 37 percent.
Other major findings:
* When asked to specify an ideal minimum wage,
the most common answer among Wisconsin voters is $10 per hour,
with a median response of $9 per hour.
* About 70 percent of Wisconsin voters support
tying future increases in the state minimum wage to the rate of
* While evaluations of personal financial
situations have not improved, evaluations of the broader
economy, the pace of job creation, and the overall direction of
the state all moved in a positive direction during the second
quarter of 2014.
* 68 percent of Wisconsin residents support
increasing efforts to develop and incorporate more renewable
* When it comes to covering a large projected
shortfall in the state transportation fund, state voters prefer
delaying construction projects and implementing toll roads, but
dislike the option of borrowing money.
The poll is a random digit dial telephone survey
of 526 Wisconsin residents and was conducted from June 2-5.