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SURVEY: A Majority of Americans Think Declining Unions Are Bad For U.S.

In an era wherein nearly 90% of all Americans are union-free, a new Pew Research survey finds than a majority of Americans think declining unions are bad for the U.S. Here’s the breakdown…

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A new Pew Research Center survey reveals that a majority of Americans (55%) view the decline of unions in the United States as bad for workers.

“Views about the impact of diminished union membership are little changed from 2015,” notes the Pew Research Center.

The breakdown of numbers, however, differ greatly based upon age, race, education levels, as well as political affiliation. For example:

  • “…68% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say the reduction in union membership has been mostly bad for working people; half as many Republicans and Republican leaners (34%) say the same.”
  • “By about two-to-one, blacks are more likely to say the decline in union representation has been mostly bad for working people than that it has been mostly good (65% vs. 29%). Smaller shares of whites (49%) or Hispanics (52%) say it has been mostly bad.”
  • “Adults younger than 30 are the only age group in which a majority (56%) says the reduction in union membership has been mostly bad for working people. Among adults 30 and older, half (50%) express this view.”
  • “…61% of adults with postgraduate degrees say the decline in union membership has been mostly bad for working people, fewer of those with less education (50%) view this trend negatively.”

Public sees more negative than positive effects from unions’ diminished ranks


Race, educational differences in views of impact of unions’ declining numbers

Majorities express favorable opinions of labor unions, business corporations

One interesting finding, however, is that Americans view corporations much more favorably than they did a few short years ago, with views of corporations currently at 53% compared to seven years ago when they were at 38%.

Majorities express favorable opinions of labor unions, business corporations

Continuing partisan differences in views of both unions and corporations

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