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New Survey Doesn't Seem to Bode Well for Unions


"Very unfavorable."

A new survey shows that Americans continue to be closely divided when it comes to organized labor, with 44 percent having a “somewhat favorable impression” and 45 percent having an unfavorable view, but a subtler metric measuring the difference between “strongly approve” and “strongly disapprove” reveals a much stronger disagreement.

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The Rasmussen Reports survey shows that only 14 percent of respondents had a “very favorable” opinion of unions.

But that doesn’t really compare to the much larger 24 percent who said they had a “very unfavorable” impression of organized labor.

The report shows a clear difference in opinion between Republicans and Democrats, the former having a much dimmer view than the latter.

The survey of roughly 1,000 U.S. adults was conducted between August 26 and August 27 by Rasmussen Reports, with a 3 point margin of error and a 95 percent confidence level.

Here’s a sampling of the questions asked [via Rasmussen]:

  1. Do you consider Labor Day to be one of our nation’s most important holidays, one of the least important, or somewhere in between?
  2. Will you attend a barbecue with family and friends on Labor Day Weekend?
  3. Will you attend a Labor Day Parade?
  4. When you celebrate Labor Day, do you celebrate it as a holiday honoring the contribution of workers in society or as the unofficial end of the summer?
  5. Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable opinion of labor unions?

Click here to see the survey’s methodology.

(H/T: WZ). Featured image Getty Images.

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