Falling Support for Labor Unions
September 27, 2010 Leave a comment
Public labor unions beware. There is a rising concern among the public on the power and usefulness of labor unions. The reaction to the isolations and indifference of public labor unions is liable to increase local resistance to the unions and their leadership.
Favorable views of labor unions have plummeted since 2007, amid growing public skepticism about unions’ purpose and power. Currently, 41% say they have a favorable opinion of labor unions while about as many (42%) express an unfavorable opinion. In January 2007, a clear majority (58%) had a favorable view of unions while just 31% had an unfavorable impression.
The latest nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Feb. 3-9 among 1,383 adults reached on cell phones and landlines, finds that favorable opinions of unions have fallen across demographic and partisan groups.