Given the responses on the comment threads of my liberal Facebook friends backing the pusillanimous Wisconsin Democrats who would rather flee the state that let the elected majority party vote on legislation they support, this poll doesn’t surprise me:
Half of America’s voters favor public sector unions for government workers, but they strongly oppose the tactic by Wisconsin state senators to flee their state to prevent a vote that would limit the rights of such unions.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that only 25% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of this tactic, while 67% disapprove. State legislators in Indiana have used the same approach to avoid a vote in their state.
Many (but not all) left-of-center friends of my liberal friends, while opposing Governor Walker’s common-sense reforms, take their fellow Democrats to task for their flight. “Democrats,” Rasmussen reports, “are fairly evenly divided, with 48% approving and 44% disapproving.”
Given that roughly half of American voters support the idea of government workers organizing in unions, it is no wonder many in the MSM, as in a recent AP article, are saying the bill would take “away public workers’ collective bargaining rights.” Curtailing does not mean eliminating. Seem they’re trying to gin up opposition to the bill.
It would be interesting to see if American favor governments serving as collection agencies for these unions and their of use this government-generated largesse to lobby said governments – and also to see if they favor allowing individual employees to opt out of such unions. Of course, the responses, in many cases, will depend upon the phrasing of the questions. 🙂