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Gallup Poll: 65 Percent of Americans Approve of Labor Unions

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By    |   Thursday, 03 September 2020 11:48 AM

A majority of Americans say they support labor unions, according to a new poll.

According to a Gallup poll released Thursday, approval ratings for unions hit their highest level since 2003.

Poll results show:

  • 65% of Americans say they support labor unions.
  • 83% of Democrats say they approve of unions.
  • 45% of Republicans say they approve of labor unions.
  • 64% of independents say they approve of unions.
  • 10% of Americans report they are a union member.
  • 16% of Americans say there is a union member in their household.

"Americans' continued high approval of unions may result from a current focus on issues other than the economy. Generally, when economic indicators have been negative, the economy has been viewed as the most important problem facing the nation, but that is not the case now," Gallup wrote, adding that people surveyed were split among five issues when asked about the biggest problem facing the U.S.

Gallup noted that "if the economy continues to struggle and it eclipses other issues in importance, Americans' views of unions could very well worsen."

According to the pollsters, the level of support for unions has been increasing since it hit 48% in 2009. Unions' highest approval rating was 75% in 1953 and 1957.

The Gallup poll surveyed 1,031 adults between July 30-Aug. 12. Poll results have a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.

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