February 18, 2011

POLL: Vast majority of Americans oppose public-employee unions. “That includes 42% of Democrats, and an overwhelming majority of Republicans. Only 49% of Democrats think public workers should be in unions at all. That’s on the fundamental right to organize, before you get to wages and benefits. And that puts Scott Walker in a pretty good political place.”

UPDATE: A reader emails:

Long time reader, enjoy your posts. On the Wisconsin matter, forget polls: look at comments section for this editorial in the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Sentinel Journal (http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/116434554.html?page=1 ). The paper is left-leaning but the article is uncharacteristically rough on the unions. Regardless, the comments section is so revealing. Comments in favor of Walker are getting about 75% “thumbs up” rating, while comments in favor of unions are getting around 30% “thumbs up” rating. I think it is instructive since it taps into the anonymous reader; someone who is vested enough in the area to sign up for the site, read it online, then actually comment. While far from scientific, I’d argue it is likely the same voter who will go to the booth and pull the lever in total privacy. Walker is in really good standing with them.

Yeah, I think this is a major miscalculation on the Dems’ part.

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