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PPP Poll 57% Support Unions and Collective Bargaining

March 2, 2011

Public Policy Polling released more results from its latest Wisconsin poll on the budget fight in Madison, in this case showing general support for bargaining rights for public employees and a public split on the question of a gubernatorial recall.

PPP is a North Carolina-based firm with a Democratic history and client list that has been doing public polling in numerous states in recent years. The firm said it did not do this survey for a client. Its public polls in Wisconsin last year were not especially favorable to Democrats (they actually showed GOP candidates with larger leads than their winning margins on election day).

The automated poll of 768 registered Wisconsin voters was done Feb. 24-27, showing Gov. Scott Walker with higher disapproval than approval (52% to 46%), and voters in the state almost evenly divided in terms of who they side with in the current standoff. Slightly more (51%) sided with public employee unions than with Walker (47%).

An earlier statewide poll commissioned Feb. 21 by the nonprofit Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity also showed a very evenly divided public, with 50% having a favorable view of Walker’s plan and 50% unfavorable.

In the PPP poll, 57% said public employees in Wisconsin should have a right to collective bargaining for wages, benefits and working environment rules, while 37% said they should not.

Asked whether they’d support or oppose a recall of Walker, 48% said they would support it and 48% said they would oppose it.

Milwaukee Sentinel online

USA Today poll: MADISON, Wis. — Americans strongly oppose laws taking away the collective bargaining power of public employee unions, according to a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. The poll found 61% would oppose a law in their state similar to such a proposal in Wisconsin, compared with 33% who would favor such a law.

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