The New York Times/CBS Poll reveals Americans still support the notion of bargaining, but also understand that pay cuts hurt real families, especially at a time when the super rich and Wall Street aren’t being asked to do their fair share.
Americans oppose weakening the bargaining rights of public employee unions by a margin of nearly two to one: 60 percent to 33 percent. 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 percent to 37 percent, cutting the pay or benefits of public employees to reduce deficits, breaking down along similar party lines.
In Wisconsin, Gov. Walker has so blown his advantage that just four months after being elected the people of Wisconsin would elect the Democrat if given the chance today.
Someone should clue Charles Koch in on reality, because his op-ed in the Wall Street Journal ignores the obvious, while pushing austerity talking points that never once looks at the issue of shared sacrifice.
We’ll have our full poll on the Wisconsin conflict out tomorrow but here’s the most interesting finding: if voters in the state could do it over today they’d support defeated Democratic nominee Tom Barrett over Scott Walker by a a 52-45 margin.
Walker seems to forget the state he lives in. As PPP reveals, it’s GOP union households that are shifting back to Democrats, because of Walker’s stupidity to think an election makes him king.
Gov. Walker also issued a 24-hour ultimatum to Democratic senators.
The New York Times/CBS Poll at the top proves Americans aren’t stupid about what unions provide. Gov. Walker and over zealous Republicans have done the Democrats a huge favor, though it’s still very tough to change the equation this time, though not impossible.
As for Pres. Obama’s statement today about unions. Something tells me someone got him numbers on independents, which is why he spoke out. I don’t think anything he says is organic in the least, but instead opportunism after waiting out a moment where he could have chosen to lead but didn’t. Nothing new there.