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February 28, 2011

Majority Oppose Taking Rights from Public Sector Unions

A new New York Times/CBS News poll finds a majority of Americans "say they oppose efforts to weaken the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions and are also against cutting the pay or benefits of public workers to reduce state budget deficits."

"Americans oppose weakening the bargaining rights of public employee unions by a margin of nearly two to one: 60% to 33%. While a slim majority of Republicans favored taking away some bargaining rights, they were outnumbered by large majorities of Democrats and independents who said they opposed weakening them. Those surveyed said they opposed, 56% to 37%, cutting the pay or benefits of public employees to reduce deficits, breaking down along similar party lines."

Key finding: 61% of those polled -- including just over half of Republicans -- said they thought the salaries and benefits of most public employees were either "about right" or "too low" for the work they do, despite rhetoric that they are overpaid or have generous benefits.


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