Poll: Public approval of unions hits 15-year high
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Sep 17, 2018
Labor organizations are enjoying their highest popularity in over a decade with the American public, according to a recent public opinion poll.
The poll, conducted by Gallup, showed 62 percent of those surveyed said they approved of labor unions--up from a low of 48 percent approval just a decade ago.
The Gallup organization said In fact the recent approval figure is approaching support levels seen during a previous peak in the American labor movement--in the middle of the last century. "[S]upport for unions was relatively high across the first three decades of measurement, averaging 68% from 1936 to 1967," the polling organization noted. "During this period, approval never dropped below 61 percent, and twice—both times in the 1950s—it stretched to 75 percent."
The American Federation of Government Employees in a press release, celebrated the continuing rise of union popularity in opinion polls. AFGE pointed out that the improving outlook on labor organizations actually comes against the odds: during a time of unprecedented effort by anti-union forces to use advertising and other marketing to convince the public that unions are outdated and not needed.
The public, however, apparently has not been convinced by these concerted—and well-financed—efforts.
"Despite corporations’ and politicians’ jointed efforts to cripple unions and union members, unions in America have enjoyed steady public support over the past decade," AFGE said.