A new Gallup poll, released just before this Labor Day Weekend, shows that a slim majority of Americans approve of labor unions.
According to the survey of 1,012 random adults, 52 percent of Americans answered that they “approve” of labor unions. This figure remains relatively unchanged from the last two years, and up only a slight four percent-points from the survey’s all-time low of 48 percent in 2009.
Gallup notes that Americans had once been far more approving of unions before 2009, at one point reaching 75 percent approval in the late 1950s.
The approval of unions also varies depending on political affiliation. In this latest poll, 74 percent of self-identified Democrats, 48 percent of independents, and 31 percent of Republicans say they approve of unions.
The survey also found that the decline in union approval has been accompanied by an increase in the percentage of Americans who prefer that unions have “less influence in the future.”
Full survey data here.
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