The public strongly opposes laws taking away the collective bargaining power of public employee unions as a way to ease state financial troubles, according to a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.
The poll found that 61% would oppose a law in their state similar to one being considered in Wisconsin, compared with 33% who would favor such a law.
So Scott Walker's plan isn't just unpopular with the workers whose unions he's trying to bust, it's also deeply unpopular with the public at large. Busting up unions, destroying workers' right to organize is not just a bad idea—it's a bad idea that nobody wants.
The poll also found that 53% oppose reducing pay or benefits from government workers and that while 47% favored cuts in government programs, 48% opposed such cuts.
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