Anti-union agenda not popular with American public

ANTI-UNION AGENDA NOT POPULAR WITH AMERICAN PUBLIC…. There have been a few polls making the rounds related to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) union-busting efforts, but I was waiting for an independent poll unaffiliated with any of the relevant players.

This one qualifies.

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.

Now, this was a national poll, so it doesn’t tell us how folks in Wisconsin feel about their own governor’s crusade, but the results nevertheless suggest Republicans, who’ve rallied in large numbers behind Walker and his proposal, are not on the same page as most Americans.

The results should also send a signal to policymakers in other states who are planning Walker-like moves — I’m looking at you, Indiana, Florida, Ohio, and Tennessee — that the public isn’t buying the GOP’s anti-union line, at least not yet.

On a related note, the same USA Today/Gallup poll found that a majority of Americans oppose raising taxes to close budget gaps, and a plurality oppose reducing or eliminating government programs.

Yeah, that’s helpful.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.