Poll: Americans oppose efforts to weaken public employee unions' collective bargaining rights

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: February 28, 2011 - 10:56 PM

CHICAGO - A new poll finds that Americans oppose efforts to weaken public employee unions' collective bargaining rights by an almost two to one margin.

A New York Times/CBS poll released Monday finds that 60 percent of adults surveyed oppose efforts to weaken public employee union members' rights to collectively negotiate the terms of their employment. Thirty-three percent of those surveyed support such efforts.

The poll comes as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker seeks to push through legislation that would strip most public employees of their collective bargaining rights and require them to contribute more to their pension and benefit plans.

The nationwide telephone poll of 984 adults was conducted Feb. 24-27. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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