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Protesters sit in front of a McDonald's restaurant on 42nd Street in New York's Times Square as police officers move in to begin making arrests, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. The protesters are seeking to get pay increases to $15 per hour. Thursday's demonstration is part of a day of planned protests in 150 cities across the country by workers from fast-food chains. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
The razor-thin margins most fast food restaurants operate on would be wiped out by hiking workers' wages to $15 an hour, according to the study. (Heritage Foundation)
McDonald's employee Eddie Foreman, right, uses a bullhorn to speak during a protest demanding fast-food restaurant chains pay employees at least $15 an hour, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Atlanta. Calling for higher pay and the right to form a union without retaliation, fast-food chain workers in Atlanta protested Thursday as part of a wave of strikes and protests in 150 cities across the U.S. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Protesters block traffic on Mack Avenue in Detroit as part of a national protest to push fast-food chains to pay their employees at least $15 an hour Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Hundreds of workers from McDonald's, Taco Bell, Wendy's and other fast-food chains are expected to walk off their jobs Thursday, according to labor organizers of the latest national protest to push the companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Protestors are arrested by police during a demonstration in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Los Angeles police have arrested demonstrators who blocked a downtown street near a McDonald’s restaurant to protest low wages for fast-food workers. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Protesters march outside a McDonald's restaurant in Kansas City, Mo. on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, as part of the "Fight for $15" campaign, a national protest to push fast-food chains to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. The movement, which is backed financially by the Service Employees International Union and others, has gained national attention at a time when the wage gap between the poor and the rich has become a hot political issue. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Protestors, including Kris Varrette, right, chant for increased wages and union rights at fast food restaurants Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Las Vegas. Police detained several protesters in cities nationwide Thursday as they blocked traffic in the latest attempt to escalate their efforts to get McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Demonstrators demanding higher wages for fast food workers block a road across from two fast food restaurants, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 in North Miami Beach, Fla. Police handcuffed dozens of protesters in cities around the country on Thursday as they blocked traffic in the latest attempt to escalate their efforts to get McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. The protests, which were planned by labor organizers for about 150 cities nationwide throughout Thursday, are part of a campaign called "Fight for $15." (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Tremaine Tribble, of Charlotte, N.C., leads a chant inside a Burger King restaurant during a protest for a raise in the minimum wage in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Fast food workers across the country walked off their jobs to fight for a $15 an hour wage. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 31: Whole Foods Market employees and union activists protest outside a Whole Foods Market store on July 31, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The protest was one of many scheduled against fast food and retail stores in several cities nationwide. The campaign, dubbed 'Fight for 15', calls for workers to be paid at least $15-per-hour and have the right to form unions without retaliation. Similar protests are scheduled in New York City, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee, Kansas City and Flint, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 4: Fast food workers and their supporters marched down Washington Street in Downtown Crossing, where they appealed for higher wages, Thursday, September 4, 2014. (Photo by Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 4: Protestor is arrested by Boston Police as he and eight others staged a sit-in at State and Congress Streets in Boston, Thursday, September 4, 2014. The group was rallying for higher wages for fast food workers. (Photo by Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 4: Boston Deputy Superintendent William Ridge, left, warned fast food workers and their supporters of their impeding arrest as they staged a sit-in at State and Congress Streets in Boston, Thursday, September 4, 2014. (Photo by Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Fast food workers stage a sit-in before being detained by LAPD police outside a McDonald's restaurant during a demonstration against low wages in Los Angeles on September 4, 2014. A dozen protesters were arrested during the demonstration which is part of a series of nationwide protests calling for higher wages for fast-food restaurant workers. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Fast food workers protest outside a downtown McDonald's restaurant during a demonstration against low wages in Los Angeles on September 04, 2014. A dozen protesters were arrested during the demonstration which is part of a series of nationwide protests calling for higher wages for fast-food restaurant workers. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Fast food workers including, from left, Melinda Topel, Amanda Wenninghoff, Priscilla Nelson, Kat Lickteig, Terrell Bullock and others protested higher wages and the right to form a union during a rally outside of McDonald's at 14th Street and Prospect Ave., in Kansas City on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. The protest resulted in the arrest of 52 protesters who blocked the streets, including the off ramp from eastbound Interstate 70 at Prospect Ave. (Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
Elesea Ford, an employee of KFC and Long John Silver's fast food restaurants, is arrested Thurs., Sept. 4, 2014 in Kansas City, Mo., during a nation-wide strike to demand $15 an hour wages and the right to form a union. The protest, held outside of a McDonald's at 14th and Prospect Ave., in Kansas City, resulted in the arrest of 52 protesters who blocked the streets, including the off ramp from eastbound Interstate 70 at Prospect Ave. (Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
Fast food workers including Keonna Gardner, center, went on a strike to demand $15 an hour wages and the right to form a union. The protest, held outside of a McDonald's at 14th and Prospect Ave., in Kansas City, Mo., on Thurs., Sept. 4, 2014, resulted in the arrest of 52 protesters who blocked the streets, including the off ramp from eastbound Interstate 70 at Prospect Ave. (Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Protesters demanding higher wages and unionization for fast food workers march on September 4, 2014 in New York City. Approximately 20-30 protesters were arrested in New York across two protests that took place. Protests are planned in more than 100 cities throughout the U.S. today, as workers demand higher wages. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 04: Demonstrators protest for an increase in wages for fast food and home care workers during the morning rush hour on September 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Nineteen protestors were arrested at the demonstration after they staged a sit-in in the middle of 87th Street. The demonstration was one of many held nationwide in a push to increase wages to $15-per-hour for the workers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 04: Demonstrators protest for an increase in wages for fast food and home care workers during the morning rush hour on September 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Nineteen protestors were arrested at the demonstration after they staged a sit-in in the middle of 87th Street. The demonstration was one of many held nationwide in a push to increase wages to $15-per-hour for the workers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 04: Demonstrators protest for an increase in wages for fast food and home care workers during the morning rush hour on September 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Nineteen protestors were arrested at the demonstration after they staged a sit-in in the middle of 87th Street. The demonstration was one of many held nationwide in a push to increase wages to $15-per-hour for the workers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Protesters demanding higher wages and unionization for fast food workers march on September 4, 2014 in New York City. Approximately 20-30 protesters were arrested in New York across two protests that took place. Protests are planned in more than 100 cities throughout the U.S. today, as workers demand higher wages. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Protesters demanding higher wages and unionization for fast food workers march on September 4, 2014 in New York City. Approximately 20-30 protesters were arrested in New York across two protests that took place. Protests are planned in more than 100 cities throughout the U.S. today, as workers demand higher wages. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers arrest demonstrators during a protest in front of a McDonald's Corp. restaurant in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Protesters clamoring for higher fast-food wages were arrested for blocking traffic during nationwide demonstrations, part of an effort by labor organizers to raise the profile of a movement that began in 2012. Photograph: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers arrest a demonstrator during a protest in front of a McDonald's Corp. restaurant in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Protesters clamoring for higher fast-food wages were arrested for blocking traffic during nationwide demonstrations, part of an effort by labor organizers to raise the profile of a movement that began in 2012. Photograph: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
About a dozen protesters who refused to move from the street are arrested after joining about 300 other fast-food workers in blocking 87th Street at the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago on Thursday Sept. 4, 2014, as part of a country-wide protest in their push for a $15 hourly wage. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
CICERO, IL - SEPTEMBER 04: Police arrest demonstrators who were protesting for an increase in wages for fast food and home care workers after they staged a sit-in on Illinois Route 50 (Cicero Avenue) on September 4, 2014 in Cicero, Illinois. About 50 protestors have been arrested during two demonstrations staged in the Chicago area today. The demonstrations are part of a nationwide campaign calling for an increase of wages to $15-per-hour for the workers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CICERO, IL - SEPTEMBER 04: Police arrest demonstrators who were protesting for an increase in wages for fast food and home care workers after they staged a sit-in on Illinois Route 50 (Cicero Avenue) on September 4, 2014 in Cicero, Illinois. About 50 protestors have been arrested during two demonstrations staged in the Chicago area today. The demonstrations are part of a nationwide campaign calling for an increase of wages to $15-per-hour for the workers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CICERO, IL - SEPTEMBER 04: Police arrest demonstrators who were protesting for an increase in wages for fast food and home care workers after they staged a sit-in on Illinois Route 50 (Cicero Avenue) on September 4, 2014 in Cicero, Illinois. About 50 protestors have been arrested during two demonstrations staged in the Chicago area today. The demonstrations are part of a nationwide campaign calling for an increase of wages to $15-per-hour for the workers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 04: Demonstrators protest for an increase in wages for fast food and home care workers during the morning rush hour on September 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Nineteen protestors were arrested at the demonstration after they staged a sit-in in the middle of 87th Street. The demonstration was one of many held nationwide in a push to increase wages to $15-per-hour for the workers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 04: Demonstrators protest for an increase in wages for fast food and home care workers during the morning rush hour on September 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Nineteen protestors were arrested at the demonstration after they staged a sit-in in the middle of 87th Street. The demonstration was one of many held nationwide in a push to increase wages to $15-per-hour for the workers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 04: Demonstrators sit inside a police wagon after being arrested during a protest calling for an increase in wages for fast food and home care workers after they staged a sit-in on 87th Street during the morning rush hour on September 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Nineteen protestors were arrested at the demonstration. The demonstration was one of many staged nationwide in a push to increase wages to $15-per-hour for the workers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Protesters demanding higher wages and unionization for fast food workers march near Times Square on September 4, 2014 in New York City. Protests are planned in more than 100 cities throughout the U.S. today, as workers demand higher wages. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
OAK BROOK, IL - MAY 21: Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside the McDonald's corporate campus on May 21, 2014 in Oak Brook, Illinois. The demonstrators were calling on McDonalds to pay a minimum wage of $15-per-hour and offer better working conditions for their employees. McDonald's is scheduled to hold its annual shareholders meeting tomorrow at the campus. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
OAK BROOK, IL - MAY 21: Police hold back fast food workers and activists demonstrating at the McDonald's corporate campus on May 21, 2014 in Oak Brook, Illinois. The demonstrators were calling on McDonalds and other fast food restaurant chains to pay a minimum wage of $15-per-hour and offer better working conditions for their employees. McDonald's is scheduled to hold its annual shareholders meeting tomorrow at the campus. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
OAK BROOK, IL - MAY 21: Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside the McDonald's corporate campus on May 21, 2014 in Oak Brook, Illinois. The demonstrators were calling on McDonalds and other fast food restaurant chains to pay a minimum wage of $15-per-hour and offer better working conditions for their employees. McDonald's is scheduled to hold its annual shareholders meeting tomorrow at the campus. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Protesters demanding higher wages for fast food workers chant during a massive rally in Manhattan Herald Square of New York City on May 15, 2014. The demonstration is one of several nationwide calling for wages of $15 per hour and better working conditions for fast food employees in 150 U.S. cities. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Protesters demanding higher wages for fast food workers chant during a massive rally in Manhattan Herald Square of New York City on May 15, 2014. The demonstration is one of several nationwide calling for wages of $15 per hour and better working conditions for fast food employees in 150 U.S. cities. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
OAK BROOK, IL - MAY 21: Police hold back fast food workers and activists demonstrating at the McDonald's corporate campus on May 21, 2014 in Oak Brook, Illinois. The demonstrators were calling on McDonalds and other fast food restaurant chains to pay a minimum wage of $15-per-hour and offer better working conditions for their employees. McDonald's is scheduled to hold its annual shareholders meeting tomorrow at the campus. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
OAK BROOK, IL - MAY 21: Police arrest a demonstrator at the McDonald's corporate campus on May 21, 2014 in Oak Brook, Illinois. About 2000 demonstrators marched onto the campus calling on McDonald's to pay a minimum wage of $15-per-hour and offer better working conditions for their employees. Several demonstrators were arrested after they ignored police orders to leave the property. McDonald's is scheduled to hold its annual shareholder's meeting tomorrow at the campus. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
OAK BROOK, IL - MAY 21: Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside the McDonald's corporate campus on May 21, 2014 in Oak Brook, Illinois. The demonstrators were calling on McDonald's to pay a minimum wage of $15-per-hour and offer better working conditions for their employees. Several protestors were arrested after they entered and ignored police orders to leave the McDonald's campus. McDonald's is scheduled to hold its annual shareholder's meeting tomorrow at the campus. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
OAK BROOK, IL - MAY 21: Fast food workers and activists demonstrate on McDonald's corporate campus on May 21, 2014 in Oak Brook, Illinois. The demonstrators were calling on McDonald's to pay a minimum wage of $15-per-hour and offer better working conditions for their employees. Several protestors were arrested after they ignored police orders to leave McDonald's property. McDonald's is scheduled to hold its annual shareholder's meeting tomorrow at the campus. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Protesters demanding higher wages for fast food workers chant during a massive rally in Manhattan Herald Square of New York City on May 15, 2014. The demonstration is one of several nationwide calling for wages of $15 per hour and better working conditions for fast food employees in 150 U.S. cities. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Protesters demanding higher wages for fast food workers chant during a massive rally in Manhattan Herald Square of New York City on May 15, 2014. The demonstration is one of several nationwide calling for wages of $15 per hour and better working conditions for fast food employees in 150 U.S. cities. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Protesters demanding higher wages for fast food workers chant during a massive rally in Manhattan Herald Square of New York City on May 15, 2014. The demonstration is one of several nationwide calling for wages of $15 per hour and better working conditions for fast food employees in 150 U.S. cities. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 15: People join in a fast food workers protest in front of a Wendy's restaurant on May 15, 2014 in Miami, Florida. The protesters were part of a nation wide movement to show support for fast food workers wages of $15 an hour and what they say is a need for better working conditions. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Protesters demanding higher wages for fast food workers chant during a massive rally on May 15, 2014 in New York City. Fast Food workers in 150 U.S. cities and 80 cities internationally protested for higher wages for the workers with businesses countering that raising wages have said raising wages would force them to raise prices and cut hiring. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 15: Selmira Wilson who said she works for McDonald's joins in a fast food workers protest on May 15, 2014 in Miami, Florida. The protesters were part of a nation wide movement to show support for fast food workers wages of $15 an hour and what they say is a need for better working conditions. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 15: Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside McDonald's downtown flagship restaurant on May 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The demonstration was one of several nationwide calling for wages of $15 per hour and better working conditions for fast food workers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 15: Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside McDonald's downtown flagship restaurant on May 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The demonstration was one of several nationwide calling for wages of $15 per hour and better working conditions for fast food workers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Fast-food workers from around the world stage a protest in front of a McDonald's restaurant, campaigning for higher pay, in New York, on May 7, 2014. Fast-food workers from a dozen countries held a demonstration to annouce a strike in the US on May 15, 2014 and demonstration at fast-food restaurants around the world, demanding a 15 USD per hour minimum wage for workers in the US. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Fast-food workers from around the world stage a protest in front of a McDonald's restaurant, campaigning for higher pay, in New York, on May 7, 2014. Fast-food workers from a dozen countries held a demonstration to annouce a strike in the US on May 15, 2014 and demonstration at fast-food restaurants around the world, demanding a 15 USD per hour minimum wage for workers in the US. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 15: Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside McDonald's downtown flagship restaurant on May 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The demonstration was one of several nationwide calling for wages of $15 per hour and better working conditions for fast food workers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 15: Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside McDonald's downtown flagship restaurant on May 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The demonstration was one of several nationwide calling for wages of $15 per hour and better working conditions for fast food workers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 15: Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside McDonald's downtown flagship restaurant on May 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The demonstration was one of several nationwide calling for wages of $15 per hour and better working conditions for fast food workers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 15: Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside McDonald's downtown flagship restaurant on May 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The demonstration was one of several nationwide calling for wages of $15 per hour and better working conditions for fast food workers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 15: Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside McDonald's downtown flagship restaurant on May 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The demonstration was one of several nationwide calling for wages of $15 per hour and better working conditions for fast food workers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Fast-food workers from around the world stage a protest in front of a McDonald's restaurant, campaigning for higher pay, in New York, on May 7, 2014. Fast-food workers from a dozen countries held a demonstration to annouce a strike in the US on May 15, 2014 and demonstration at fast-food restaurants around the world, demanding a 15 USD per hour minimum wage for workers in the US. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Fast-food workers from around the world stage a protest in front of a McDonald's restaurant, campaigning for higher pay, in New York, May 7, 2014. Fast-food workers from a dozen countries held a demonstration to annouce a strike in the US on May 15, 2014 and demonstration at fast-food restaurants around the world, demanding a 15 USD per hour minimum wage for workers in the US. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Fast-food workers from around the world stage a protest in front of a McDonald restaurant, campaigning for higher pay, in New York, on May 7, 2014. Fast-food workers from a dozen countries held a demonstration to annouce a strike in the US on May 15, 2014 and demonstration at fast-food restaurants around the world, demanding a 15 USD per hour minimum wage for workers in the US. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: Fast Food worker Daniella Longchamps of Baltimore, Maryland, demonstrates along with other activists during a protest outside the National Restaurant Association's 28th Public Affairs Conference at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center April 29, 2014 in Washington, DC. The activists held a protest to urge for a raise the minimum wage. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
STAMFORD, CT - APRIL 08: Activists protest for higher wages outside a McDonald's restaurant on April 8, 2014 in Stamford, Connecticut. Demonstrations were organized across the state by Connecticut Working Families to bring attention to minumum wages paid by fast food chains and Wal-Mart stores. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: A man named Ben, who chose not to give his last name, dressed as the McDonald's mascot Ronald McDonald, participates in a protest for higher wages for fast food workers on March 18, 2014 in New York City. During the protest Ronald McDonald was 'arrested' by other protesters inside a McDonalds for corporate greed and withholding wages. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: A man named Ben, who chose not to give his last name, dressed as the McDonald's mascot Ronald McDonald, participates in a protest for higher wages for fast food workers on March 18, 2014 in New York City. During the protest Ronald McDonald was 'arrested' by other protesters inside a McDonalds for corporate greed and withholding wages. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Members of the National Guard check a man at a fast food store during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on March 16, 2014. Several hundreds of Venezuelans marched Sunday in Caracas against 'Cuban interference'. Venezuela has seen almost daily anti-government demonstrations, with a death toll of 28, over violent crime, shortages of essential goods such as toilet paper, and soaring inflation, in the most serious challenge yet for Maduro since he succeeded late socialist-populist Hugo Chavez last year. AFP PHOTO/Leo Ramirez (Photo credit should read LEO RAMIREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: A man named Ben, who chose not to give his last name, dressed as the McDonald's mascot Ronald McDonald, participates in a protest for higher wages for fast food workers on March 18, 2014 in New York City. During the protest Ronald McDonald was 'arrested' by other protesters inside a McDonalds for corporate greed and withholding wages. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Members of the Socialist Workers Party (PTS) (R wearing red caps) fight an anarchist who tried to burn a fast food restaurant with a Molotov cocktail, during a demonstration in downtown Buenos Aires to mark the 12th anniversary of the Argentine crisis, when Argentina declared the biggest debt default ever, on December 20, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman has a quick lunch near a camp set by Ukrainian opposition on Independence Square in Kiev on December 17, 2013. Ukraine's embattled President sought today a multi-billion-dollar lifeline from Russia's President that could relieve a brewing economic crisis but also stoke huge pro-EU protests roiling Kiev streets. The ex-Soviet nation of 46 million has been at the heart of a furious diplomatic tug of war since President Yanukovych's shock decision last month to ditch a landmark EU partnership agreement and seek closer ties with its traditional master Russia. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Nance Trueworthy talks about her fast food tendencies as fast-food eaters in Portland react to the protests for higher wages happening around the country. -- Thursday, December 5, 2013. (Photo by Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
Billie Jo Leeman of Westbrook was a server in a McDonalds in the past and now works for a hospital as a medical tech and makes less than $15 an hour as fast-food eaters in Portland react to the protests for higher wages happening around the country. -- Thursday, December 5, 2013. (Photo by Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
Nance Trueworthy gets her food from a worker at Burger King on Forest Ave. as fast-food eaters and workers in Portland react to the protests for higher wages happening around the country. -- Thursday, December 5, 2013. (Photo by Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 05: Demonstrators demanding an increase in pay for fast-food and retail workers march in the Loop on December 5, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Organizers have called for a one-day labor walkout at fast-food restaurants and retail stores and demonstrations in 100 cities. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 05: Demonstrators demanding an increase in pay for fast-food and retail workers protest in the Loop on December 5, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Organizers have called for a one-day labor walkout at fast-food restaurants and retail stores and demonstrations in 100 cities. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 05: Demonstrators demanding an increase in pay for fast-food and retail workers protest in the Loop on December 5, 2013 in Chicago, United States. Organizers were calling for a one-day labor walkout at fast-food restaurants in 100 cities. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

The majority of people responding to an AOL News poll think the "Fight for $15" doesn't add up.

A resounding 83 percent of readers answered no when asked if they backed the effort to raise fast food wages to $15 per hour. Another 14 percent were in favor of the idea and four percent were not sure.

The sign waving, chanting and marching in front of fast food restaurants from Times Square to San Diego, and many places in between, is part of a movement aimed at giving those employees what they consider to be a living wage.

The "Fight for $15," as it is called, demands these workers receive raises of about 66 percent from the roughly $9.07 an hour that is currently offered to the average McDonald's or Burger King employee.

Conservative think tank Heritage Group has argued these employees and their unions are failing to think outside the bun when looking at fast food economics.

The average burger joint subsists on paper-thin margins, earning a profit of only about $27,000 a year, according to the non-profit.

Each full-time $15 per hour employee earns a yearly salary of about $30,00 a year.

The vast majority of AOL readers are against raising the wages of fast food workers to $15 per hour.
These restaurants would have to raise their prices by nearly 40 percent, causing business to drop and profits to plummet.

Locations would possibly close and jobs may dry up, but the "Fight for $15" marches forward.

The weekend poll gauged the opinions of more than 5,000 people across the nation and inspired a a fiery debate in the comments.

"$15.00 for flipping burgers, really?" wrote one person.

"It proves that the left either doesn't understand how a business works or doesn't care... any idiot can see that nearly doubling the minimum wage add huge costs to a business," added reader Paul MacLeod.

Many people challenged fast food employees to tough it out for an education, others insisted they go to work instead of marching with signs.

"My husband has 3 degrees and still can't find a job that pays him more than $15 an hour," another woman griped. "Why then should someone flipping or serving over the counter of a burger joint get paid that kind of money.

"They have done nothing to earn that kind of money."



But not everyone agreed with that sentiment.

"My son fought for you people in Iraq, some of the men can't get jobs," lamented Mo Carol Yankanich. "You must be a selfish person who likes our children to be poor. All jobs should pay $$$$$$."

Brinda Thomson Greenblatt challenged those against the idea to "try to pay your student loans on $9.50 an hour."

Reader Ron White grumbled that there are five McDonald's within a five-mile radius of his home.

"Hey here's an idea, stop building more restaurants and pay those people a livable wage," said White.

The "Fight for $15" is among the most divisive issues currently being debated on AOL, but the vast majority of readers agreed" Wages should stay as they are.

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