Skip to comments.Majority in Poll Back Employees in Public Sector Unions [NYTimes/CBS]
Posted on 03/01/2011 7:23:40 AM PST by Incorrigible
By MICHAEL COOPER and MEGAN THEE-BRENAN
As labor battles erupt in state capitals around the nation, 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, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
...But the nationwide poll found that embattled public employee unions have the support of most Americans and most independents as they fight the efforts of newly elected Republican governors in Wisconsin and Ohio to weaken their bargaining powers, and the attempts of governors from both parties to cut their pay or benefits.
Governors in both parties have been making the case that public workers are either overpaid or have overly generous health and pension benefits. But 61 percent 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.
Tax increases were not as unpopular among those surveyed as they are among many governors, who have vowed to avoid them. Asked how they would choose to reduce their states deficits, those polled preferred tax increases over benefit cuts for state workers by nearly two to one. Given a list of options to reduce the deficit, 40 percent said they would increase taxes, 22 percent chose decreasing the benefits of public employees, 20 percent said they would cut financing for roads and 3 percent said they would cut financing for education.
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PPP polls are untrustworthy. As for this specific one, see Legal Insurretion blog for a breakdown on how crooked it is.
Massive oversampling of Democrats and union members in this poll. Details:
I don’t, for a second, believe this Union propaganda. No one I talk to backs these Mafia thugs and goons.
Don’t worry, the corrections will come next week. This is out of the template. They just fit in their cause and the poll works for them.
It looks like the this weeks Talking Points have been released: “GET US SOME GOOD POLLING TO HELP US OUT IN WISCONSIN. DO WHATEVER IT TAKES.”
New York Times/CBS...That says it all
“The nationwide telephone poll was conducted Feb. 24-27 with 984 adults and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points for all adults. Of those surveyed, 20 percent said there was a union member in their household, and 25 percent said there was a public employee in their household.”
Gee, ya thinkin’ what I’m thinkin’? BS ALERT!
If Walker doesn't cave, will he be called "statesmanlike," as are other elected leaders who govern "against the will of the people" ?
Yes, virtually everyone loves paying higher taxes.
What a bullsh** poll.
I’m totally anti-union
Because everyone knows that the public is begging to be raked over the coals.
The level of stupidity the MSM assigns to the general public is astoundingly insulting.
A New York Slimes/See-BS poll?
Why don;t they take a poll on wwhether or not Americans think Obama is the Second Coming of Christ. I KNOW what THAT poll would say!
How can ANYONE take these two propaganda machines seriously.
A public union employee in 25% of their households?? I imagine that is way above the national average.
Just wait until the people realize that all of their health care workers, including doctors and nurses are now “public employees”.
I think they are farrrrr too generous. They should assume:
That way, they can show the TRUE makeup of America.
It takes a real leap of faith, even by Democrats, to believe in any poll financed by CBS and the New York Times. Even Pew receives more trust, and that is saying something.