August 17th, 2015
Americans have grown more supportive of labor unions in recent years, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. The poll found that nearly 6 in 10 Americans say they approve of labor unions, the highest approval rate since 2008.
Gallup has been surveying American
opinion on organized labor since 1936. Approval has jumped five
percentage points in the last year alone, and 10 percentage points since
2008. Desire for more union influence is also up. Thirty-seven percent
of Americans say they want unions to have more influence, while 35
percent want to see unions wield less influence. By comparison, in
2009, only 25 percent of respondents said they wanted more influence, and 42 percent wanted less.