NRN - Union Approval Ratings Plummet


According to Pew Research, the favorability of Unions by the people has hit a new low. Over the past three years, favorable opinions have fallen from 58% to 42%. That is a huge fall.

According to Ed Morrisey:

Both Rasmussen and Gallup polled on this question last summer, and had remarkably similar results. Gallup reported that support for unions had dropped below 50% for the first time in its 72-year history of surveying on the question. Both polls showed a 48% support level for unions, still a plurality. Pew's is the first to show a negative gap, although it's statistically a virtual tie.

As with the previous polls, the damage has been done with independents. Three years ago, even Republicans gave a plurality for support, 47/45. That has been wiped out in an 18-point drop in support, perhaps not unexpectedly considering the tight alliance now between the unions and Democrats. However, unions had a 20-point margin of support among independents three years ago at 54/34; now it's 38/46, a 28-point flip in the gap.

The number among Democrats should be cause for worry not just among union leaders, but also Democratic Party leaders as well. Unions still enjoy a majority support, but it's a lot lower than it had been three years ago. They have gone from a 51-point gap (70/19) to a 30-point gap (56/26) in an era where unions have begun dictating the massive agenda of the party. Similarly, among black voters (who would be overwhelmingly Democrats), favorability has dropped from 75/19 to 59/26. This suggests that the marriage between Democrats and unions has begun to feel a lot more tension — and if the unions fall out of favor, so may the radical Democratic leaders, such as Nancy Pelosi.

The days of Liberal politicians catering to the Unions may be coming to an end. With Andy Stern from the SEIU visiting the White House once a week, one wonders how Obama will respond to such information? Will he continue to be their agent in Washington? Or will he listen to the people and put some distance between the Unions and Government? Observing Obama's reaction to the voice of the people so far, don't count on him rejecting the Unions just yet.

According to Pew, the number of people joining Unions is also declining:

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 12.3 percent of wage and salary workers in the United States belonged to unions in 2009. That was comparable to 2008 (12.4%), but down from 20.1% in 1983, the first year when comparable data are available. BLS says that more public sector workers now belong to unions than private sector workers.

And don't forget, fewer people are seeing Unions as necessary to protect workers. That is a huge shift from previous years. As Pew discovered:

Just 53% of independents agreed that labor unions are necessary to protect working people, down from 67% in 2007 and 73% a decade earlier. Fewer than half of Republicans (44%) agreed with that statement in 2009, down nine points from 2007 (and 1999). Democrats, meanwhile, showed little change over the 10-year period, with at least 80% consistently saying that unions were needed to protect working people each time the question was asked.

The biggest victory here is that workers do not feel they need to be part of Unions. With Unions pushing Card Check, they know that they are losing the support that they once enjoyed. It is up to the Union Bosses to force the politicians in D.C. to give them the hand of Big Government to coerce those that reject Unions to join them--without a choice. With politicians eager to hold on to their seats in 2010, the Union mantra may just die off. One can hope that the politicians in Washington are finally listening to the voice of the people.

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