IN a random sampling of public opinion taken by The Forum Poll among 840 Toronto voters, 70% approve of an increase to the minimum wage in Ontario, from $11.40 to $15.

Only 25% would disapprove, and 5% don’t know.

Respondents most likely to say that they support raising the minimum wage include those aged 34 and younger (72%), 45-54 (72%), or 65+ (70%), females (75%), earning $20,000-$40,000 (84%), the least educated (79%), and supporting the Green Party (89%).

Respondents most likely to oppose an increase to the minimum wage include those aged 35-44 (31%), males (32%), the most wealthy (31%), with a college/university degree (28%) or post-graduate degree (27%), and supporting the Progressive Conservatives (43%)

“Torontonians are strongly supportive of an increase to the minimum wage in Ontario, with seven in 10 saying they would support $15. An increase could make the rising cost of housing, already an issue for many Torontonians, that much easier to handle,” said Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, President of Forum Research