Presidential Race Maps Writing on the Wall

Broad Support for Public Service Workers

Posted Mar 01, 2011 at 12:49 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a New York Times/CBS News Poll, "As labor battles erupt in state capitals around the nation, a majority of Americans say they oppose efforts to weaken the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions and are also against cutting the pay or benefits of public workers to reduce state budget deficits . . . Americans oppose weakening the bargaining rights of public employee unions by a margin of nearly two to one: 60 percent to 33 percent. While a slim majority of Republicans favored taking away some bargaining rights, they were outnumbered by large majorities of Democrats and independents who said they opposed weakening them. Those surveyed said they opposed, 56 percent to 37 percent, cutting the pay or benefits of public employees to reduce deficits, breaking down along similar party lines. A majority of respondents who have no union members living in their households opposed both cuts in pay or benefits and taking away the collective bargaining rights of public employees."

Who Works For The US Government And Where?

Posted Aug 12, 2010 at 1:37 AM by Maurice Berger

A new Gallup survey reports that 17% of U.S. "workers say they work for federal, state, or local government, ranging from 38% in Washington, D.C., to 12% in Ohio. More than a quarter of workers in Washington, D.C., Alaska, Virginia, and Maryland work for government, as do upwards of 15% in the vast majority of states." Here is Gallup's chart:

States With Highest Perecentages of Government Workers, January-June 2010 States With Lowest Perecentages of Government Workers, January-June 2010

Seven in Ten Americans Happy With Their Job

Posted Mar 11, 2010 at 12:45 AM by Maurice Berger

Despite high unemployment and a depressed economy, seven out of ten employed Americans say that "their jobs are ideal, leaving nearly one-third of the U.S. workforce who feel their jobs aren't exactly right for them." According to a recent Gallup survey, "While majorities of respondents at all income levels report that their jobs are ideal, the percentage saying so increases with income. Americans with annual household incomes of at least $120,000 per year are the most likely to say their jobs are ideal (77%), while those making less than $12,000 per year are the least likely (57%)."