This also appears to be the case with unions. Recent surveys from Pew and Clarus (PDF) do not give unions, in the abstract, very high marks from the public. The Clarus poll is particularly brutal. However, when the abstraction is removed and the people fighting for unions are your neighbors, your friends and your children’s teachers, then people tend to side with the union.
This point is demonstrated by the first non-partisan poll to ask Wisconsin residents what they thought of Governor Scott Walker’s controversial plan for public sector unions. According to the poll, a majority of Wisconsin residents don't like it:
”As you may know, Gov. Scott Walker has proposed a plan to limit the pay of government workers and teachers, increase their share of the cost of benefits, and strip some public-employ unions of much of their power. We’d like to know if APPROVE or DISAPPROVE of Gov. Walker’s plan.”
While non-partisan, We Ask America is actually a conservative polling firm, according to Nate Silver.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
How about that?
Will they come to the aid of their neighbors when the Tea Party rolls in it's muscle? :^)
Daily Kos: Wisconsin update: Majority of Wisconsin residents oppose Walker’s bill
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