Search This Blog

Monday, July 15, 2013

Matthews Errs on Approval of Unions

A number of posts have discussed labor unions and their standing in the general public.

At Time, Christopher Matthews writes:
[R]ecent polling from both Gallup and Pew reveal that Americans’ support for unions has risen of late, with the Pew poll showing 55% of the population holding a favorable view of unions, the highest level since before the financial crisis. This recent uptick in support for unions can be partially attributed to the slowly improving economy, as it is accompanied by similar increases in favorability for corporations. On the other hand, there are a few trends — namely income-growth stagnation and the fact that corporate owners are taking a larger share of the national income than they have in generations — that would lead one to expect increasing support for unions.
Matthews is correct about the Pew poll, wrong about Gallup.

In a year marked by contentious negotiations between state governments and public employee unions, a slim majority of Americans, 52%, approve of labor unions. That percentage is unchanged from last year and remains on the lower end of what Gallup has measured historically.

Do you approve or disapprove of labor unions? 1936-2011 trend