Has anyone done a similar poll here? It might cause Helen Kelly and Matt McCarten a few sleepless nights.
And as much as it hurts to admit this, labor unions just arenâ€™t very popular. In Gallupâ€™s annual poll onÂ confidence in institutions, unions score close to the bottom of the list, barely above big business and HMOs but behind banks. More Americansâ€”42%â€”would like to seeÂ unions have less influence, and just 25% would like to see them have more. Despite a massive financial crisis and a dismal job market,Â approval of unionsÂ is close to an all-time low in the 75 years Gallup has been asking the question. A major reason for this is that twice as many people (68%) think that unions help mostly their members as think they help the broader population (34%). Amazingly, in Wisconsin, while only about 30% of union members voted for Walker, nearly half of those living in union households but not themselves union members voted for him (Union voters â‰ union households). In other words, apparently union members arenâ€™t even able to convince their spouses that the things are worth all that much.