Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Polls Show Support For Unions, Buyer's Remorse Over Gov. Walker

According to a New York Times/CBS News poll, a majority of Americans oppose weakening collective bargaining rights and cutting the pay and benefits of public workers:

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.

Meanwhile, another poll finds that Wisconsinites have buyer's remorse over Gov. Scott Walker:

A new Public Policy Polling survey finds that if Wisconsin voters could do it over today they'd support Tom Barrett (D) over Gov. Scott Walker (R) by a seven point margin, 52% to 45%.

Key finding: "The difference between how folks would vote now and how they voted in November can almost all be attributed to shifts within union households. Voters who are not part of union households have barely shifted at all- they report having voted for Walker by 7 points last fall and they still say they would vote for Walker by a 4 point margin. But in households where there is a union member voters now say they'd go for Barrett by a 31 point margin, up quite a bit from the 14 point advantage they report having given him in November."


J.R. said...

On the plus side for Wisconsin voters, the state does have a voter recall law. The only caveat is Walker must be in office for one year.

We should only be so lucky as to have a similar law here in Florida. Our voter recall does not impact the governor. Rats!

Jeff Tone said...

J.R.: Of course, you also must have enough people who want to impeach. If Walker keeps it up, I suspect there will be in a year. I'm not aware of how popular the governor of Florida is.