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Rasmussen: Support For Public Employee Unions Drops Nationwide

January 10, 2011

This story was something I think we should all be watching, given the state debt crises emerging around the country:

With states across the country finding that benefits for public workers are becoming nearly impossible to fund in the current economic climate, support for public employee unions has fallen.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 45% of Americans now at least somewhat favor unions for public employees, while the identical number (45%) are opposed to them. These findings include 21% who Strongly Favor such unions versus 30% who are Strongly Opposed to them. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

In May of last year, 53% of Adults favored unions for public employees, while 37% opposed them.

By comparison, 51% now at least somewhat favor unions for private sector workers, with just 39% opposed.

The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on January 6-7, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

From Rasmussen.

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