About six-in-ten U.S. adults (62 percent) say they favor raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, including 40 percent who strongly back the idea. About four-in-ten (38 percent) say they oppose the proposal, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted April 5-11.

The Biden administration and many congressional Democrats favor increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour from the current rate of $7.25 an hour, but the proposal’s fate in the Senate is uncertain. Some senators, including several Democrats, support a more modest increase in the wage.

Among the public, those who back a $15 minimum wage are fairly divided over how to approach the issue if there is insufficient support in Congress for an increase to that amount this year. A narrow majority of these Americans (54 percent) say leaders should focus on passing an increase to the wage “even if it may be significantly less than $15 an hour,” while 43 percent say the priority should be to work to raise the hourly minimum wage to $15 “even if no increase makes it into law this year.”

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