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Americans Support Unions Over GOP Governors

Posted Apr 04, 2011 at 12:39 AM by Maurice Berger

By and large, Americans support unions in their present-day squabbles with Republican governors. A new Gallup poll reports that 48% of Americans "agree more with the unions in state disputes over collective bargaining for public employees, while 39% agree more with the governors."

Union Support: Republicans Overall Negative, Democrats Positive

Posted Mar 21, 2011 at 11:35 PM by Maurice Berger

According to a new Gallup survey, "Americans are slightly more likely to say something negative rather than positive when asked what word or phrase comes to mind when they think of "labor unions." By about a 3-to-1 ratio, Republicans have negative rather than positive things to say about labor unions. By better than 2 to 1, Democrats' impressions of unions are more positive than negative." Here is Gallup's chart:

What Word or Phrase Comes to Mind When You Think of Labor Unions? March 2011 Results, by Positive, Negative, or Neutral Responses, Among National Adults and by Party ID

Americans Strongly Pro-Union

Posted Mar 04, 2011 at 1:43 AM by Maurice Berger

A just released Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll reports that 62% of Americans strongly oppose efforts to strip unionized government workers of their rights to collectively bargain; 33% support the idea. 

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."

Strong National Opposition To Wisconsin's Collective Bargaining Initiative

Posted Feb 23, 2011 at 1:15 AM by Maurice Berger

Both within the state of Wisconsin--and now, Gallup confirms, in the nation at large--much opposition exists towards the governor's union busting plans. A just released USA Today/Gallup poll reports  strong public opposition to laws taking away the collective bargaining power of public employee unions as a way to ease state financial troubles: 61% would oppose a law in their state similar; 33% who would favor such a law.