Survey: State residents optimistic, support minimum-wage increase

A quarterly poll of Wisconsin residents shows 58 percent believe the state is headed in the right direction, but 35 percent describe the state’s recent economic performance in positive terms.

The results of the survey conducted by the UW-Milwaukeee Center for Urban Initiatives and Research and were released Thursday.

Regarding job creation, 7 percent said they’re very satisfied with job creation in the state, while 43 percent are somewhat satisfied, 26 percent are somewhat dissatisfied and 24 percent are very dissatisfied.

A minimum-wage increase is supported by 76 percent of voters.

Fifty-six percent of voters say it’s too soon to tell if the Affordable Care Act will fail. Fifty-three percent think the current problems can be fixed, compared to 43 percent who do not.

Respondents were also asked about the fate of a proposed Kenosha casino. Fifty-two percent said Gov. Scott Walker should approve the proposal. Thirty-one percent said the project should be blocked.

Forty-eight percent oppose a recently approved $100 million property tax cut. Forty-three percent support it.

Compared to last year, 36 percent of people will spend less this holiday. Fifty-one percent plan to spend the same amount.

The survey results are based on a telephone survey of 498 Wisconsin residents. The sampling margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percent.