Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Public Support of Labor Unions Falls to 72-Yr. Low

From last September, a Gallup Poll finds that for the first time in polling history going back to the 1930s, fewer than half of Americans (48%) approve of labor unions (see chart below):

And a majority of Americans (51%) now think that labor unions "mostly hurt" the U.S. economy compared to a new low of 39% who say that labor unions "mostly help" the U.S. economy.

More recently, Pew Research finds that:

"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 (see graph below). In January 2007, a clear majority (58%) had a favorable view of unions while just 31% had an unfavorable impression."


13 Comments:

At 3/03/2010 5:12 PM, Blogger misterjosh said...

It's time to end their monopoly exemption. People have a right to organize in a union, and other people should have the right to organize in competition to the first union.

 
At 3/03/2010 6:13 PM, Blogger W.E. Heasley said...

Always enjoyed Milton Friedman’s term for unions: “the aristocracy of labor”.

 
At 3/03/2010 6:22 PM, Anonymous gettingrational said...

It is interesting that the support of labor unions goes up when the economy is good and down when its bad. I am not sure but it could be just the raw compeition for scare jobs in recessions. Maybe support increases in good times because unionization is perceived as more affordable for the economy.

 
At 3/03/2010 6:37 PM, Anonymous Craig said...

People have a right to organize in a union

They shouldn't even have that right as long as it's backed up by government's forcing business owners to negotiate with them. If people wished to band together in an effort to convince their employer to pay them better, and the entire process were voluntary, then I wouldn't much care.

As it stands now, laws on unionism are the biggest assault on property rights that we have.

 
At 3/03/2010 6:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have a poll on the popularity of bankers?

 
At 3/03/2010 7:49 PM, Blogger juandos said...

"Do you have a poll on the popularity of bankers?"...

Well anon @ 3/03/2010 6:56 PM I thought that was an interesting question so a little touch of the Google and voila!

Clever Mr. Gallup comes through again: U.S. Clergy, Bankers See New Lows in Honesty/Ethics Ratings

December 9, 2009

 
At 3/03/2010 8:08 PM, Blogger W.E. Heasley said...

juandos:

Try this survey of different trust groups: Who do you trust?

http://www.poorandstupid.com/2010_02_14_chronArchive.asp#7141292424300715493

 
At 3/03/2010 8:32 PM, Blogger Walt G. said...

If 48% of the people believe in labor unions, why do only 12% belong to one?

 
At 3/03/2010 9:54 PM, Blogger sethstorm said...


If 48% of the people believe in labor unions, why do only 12% belong to one?

The same reason why canaries were put in mines. When the canary dies, you get out to good air. When labor unions are attacked, the same tactics and strategies are used against the non-unionized(and those who hate unions as well). Unions are easier to attack, those outside them much less so.

Remember that next time you hear of the abuse of immigration law by the next Grigsby & Cohen.


They shouldn't even have that right as long as it's backed up by government's forcing business owners to negotiate with them.

...and you'd still have the firms try to kill them off. If you want to kill the unions, make sure that the labor relations firms are gone as well.


It's time to end their monopoly exemption. People have a right to organize in a union, and other people should have the right to organize in competition to the first union.

You already have that with a common anti-union tactic, staffing firms a la Toyota. Squeezes the worker over the long run.

 
At 3/03/2010 10:15 PM, Blogger QT said...

Oh, gee...looks like the penny dropped.

 
At 3/03/2010 10:32 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Hey W.E. Heasley, that Zogby link is a good one, thanks...

 
At 3/05/2010 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More Union Support

More union Corruption in Flint

Check this link
http://thegreatsatans.blogspot.com/

Also Search Google

AfSCME - They Remember The Damage Reggie Jackson

Corruption In Detroit

http://theblogprof.blogspot.com/search/label/Kwame

 
At 3/09/2010 4:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm, the bottom graph seems somewhat correlated with higher union support during relatively good economic times, and lower support in bad times. Perhaps this reflects a view that unions are more a luxury item than anything else (a not unreasonable POV given the wealth most Americans are able to make without joining them or even having a real union in their profession like with many white collar jobs).

 

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