August 07, 2014
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New Poll: 63% of San Diegans Support Council-Approved Earned Sick Days & Minimum Wage Ordinance

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New Poll: 63% of San Diegans Support Council-Approved Earned Sick Days & Minimum Wage Ordinance

Poll also finds Mayor Faulconer loses support if he vetoes the ordinance as planned

A new poll found that almost two-thirds of San Diego voters – 63% – support the Earned Sick Days and Minimum Wage Ordinance approved by the City Council last month. The measure provides access to five earned sick days for everyone working in San Diego and sets a local minimum wage that increases to $11.50 over three years. The poll was conducted July 31 – August 4, 2014 by Greenburg Quinlan Rosner Research. Researchers found:

  • 63% of San Diego Voters Support the Council-Approved Earned Sick Days & Minimum Wage Ordinance;
  • 59% reported that they would vote against repealing the ordinance;
  • 41% plurality say that they would be less likely to support Faulconer if he proceeds with a veto of the ordinance

Starting July 29, Mayor Faulconer has ten business days to reject or approve the measure. The Mayor has publicly stated that he plans to veto the measure, which would take $260 million from the paychecks of hardworking San Diegans.

“The Earned Sick Days and Minimum Wage Ordinance means families like mine have the ability to keep up with the rent and put groceries on the table. I hope the Mayor will have a change of heart,” said Biviana Lagunas, a full-time student who works to help her family pay the rent. She was among several minimum-wage workers who joined clergy in a meeting with the Mayor to ask him to sign the ordinance.

Lagunas also pointed to the earned sick time portion of the measure as much-needed relief for her family. “When my brother is sick, my mom can’t afford to stay home. My sister or I miss class to care for him. Having access to earned sick days means my mom can stay home when my little brother is sick without fear of losing a day’s pay.”

The poll released today also showed a threatened referendum to repeal the ordinance is unpopular. A strong majority of voters (59%) said they would also vote against repealing the ordinance.

The new $11.50 minimum wage will be phased in through 2017 with indexing to inflation starting on January 1, 2019. On January 1, 2015, the wage will increase to $9.75. It will move to $10.50 on January 1, 2016, and reach $11.50 on January 1, 2017.

The Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics, which specializes in estimating the impacts of local and state wage proposals, determined that the local ordinance will result in raises for at least 172,000 San Diegans. A recent policy brief from the Center on Policy Initiatives found that the measure would mean access to five earned sick days a year for 279,000 working San Diegans.


This release was sent on behalf of Raise Up San Diego, a broad community coalition fighting to improve working conditions and wages for all San Diegans. Visit:


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