Californians’ Negative View of Organized Labor Grows, Field Poll Says
Notably when a Republican Governor pointed this out he was fiercely shouted down. When the new Democratic governor acted on the exact same issues, he prevailed. Who runs this state? Not the Republicans. The GOP created the Tea Party monster. The Democratic party in California created the Union monster. What we need are sensible limits. We need a balance of power between labor and employers. Neither party appears interested in a balance like that, to our collective shame.
The results of the independent Field Poll showed a stark shift in public opinion in California, long a labor union stronghold. Even those who identify as Democrats or have union affiliations reported their views on labor unions taking a turn for the worse.
Among Democrats, 30% of voters said unions do more harm than good — up 9 percentage points from March 2011. The jump in negative opinion was steeper among Republicans: 70% said unions do more harm than good, up 13 percentage points from the last reading two and a half years ago.
The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.