Monday, August 17, 2015

Poll: Americans' view of labor unions improving

August 17th, 2015

Nearly six in 10 Americans have a favorable view of labor unions, according to the results of a new Gallup survey released Monday.
Approval of unions jumped to 58 percent this year, an increase of five percentage points from 2014, though still well below the 75 percent organized labor enjoyed in the early 1950s but greater than the 48 percent who approved in 2009 in the grips of the recession.
Overall, 37 percent of Americans said they wanted unions to have more influence on the political process, while 35 percent wanted less influence and 24 percent wanted more of the same. The percentage of Americans saying they want more union influence on politics has slightly risen since 2009, with a similar share among Americans wanting less labor influence declining.

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