Wednesday, March 3

Public support for labor unions at 72-year low

Perry gathers some polling:

From last September, a Gallup Poll finds that for first time since in its polling history back to the 1930s, fewer than half of Americans (48%) approve of labor unions (see chart below):

And a majority of Americans (51%) now think that labor "mostly hurts" the U.S. economy compared to a new low of 39% who say that labor unions "mostly help" the U.S. economy.

More recently, Pew Research finds that:

"Favorable views of labor unions have plummeted since 2007, amid growing public skepticism about unions' purpose and power. Currently, 41% say they have a favorable opinion of labor unions while about as many (42%) express an unfavorable opinion (see graph below). In January 2007, a clear majority (58%) had a favorable view of unions while just 31% had an unfavorable impression."

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