Labor Unions

Gallup poll shows support for right-to-work laws — even from Democrats

This July 8, 2014 file photo shows members of the Teamsters Union picketing at the Port of Long Beach, Calif.

This July 8, 2014 file photo shows members of the Teamsters Union picketing at the Port of Long Beach, Calif.  (AP)

Vice President Joe Biden may have delivered a fiery speech in support of unions at a Labor Day appearance in Detroit, but a Gallup poll released just days before painted a sobering picture for union backers.

When asked if they would vote for right-to-work laws, 71 percent of Americans in the national survey said they would. That number included 65 percent of Democrats.

What’s more, the national figure is 9 percent higher than in 1957, when the U.S. economy was riding a post-war wave that saw union participation at record numbers:

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The Gallup survey came out last Thursday and showed a political divide when it came to opinions about labor unions, with 77 percent of Democrats approving and 57 percent of Republicans disapproving. Independents approved of unions by a 47-40 margin.

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