Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says a new poll shows New York must increase its minimum wage.
The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found 78 percent of voters support raising the $7.25 minimum wage.
Almost 53 percent of Republicans support the measure, which is opposed now by the Senate's Republican majority. The GOP fears raising the wage will force employers to eliminate jobs to afford the higher pay.
The poll shows 52 percent of voters support increasing the minimum over $8.50 an hour.
Silver says it's time to raise the minimum wage to help the working poor survive.
The poll questioned 1,597 voters from March 28 to April 2. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.