State Politics

PolitiFact NC looks at how many people support a ‘living wage’

North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber leads a peaceful sit in protest in opposition to House Bill 2 at the State Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C. on Monday April 25, 2016.
North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber leads a peaceful sit in protest in opposition to House Bill 2 at the State Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C. on Monday April 25, 2016. rwillett@newsobserver.com

North Carolina’s controversial new LGBT law, commonly known as HB2, also bans cities and counties from raising the minimum wage.

The president of the NC NAACP, William Barber, said the wage issue was the real intent of the law – and politicians only put it in a bathroom bill because raising the minimum wage to a “living wage” is popular with the vast majority of North Carolinians.

He said 80 percent of the state wants a living wage. PolitiFact North Carolina looked at what exactly a living wage would mean for North Carolina, and what public opinion polls on the topic have found.

Our ruling

Speaker: William Barber, NC NAACP president

Statement: “80 percent of North Carolinians are for the living wage.”

Ruling: There is clearly strong support for a living wage in North Carolina. Whether it gets to 80 percent depends on how pollsters ask the question. One recent poll found 76 percent support, and another found 65 percent. We rate this claim Mostly True.

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