March 25th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. DavidM

    Fascinating. People actually fall for the pro-business conservative propaganda, even when it clearly attacks the middle class way of life.The far right won't be happy until there are only two classes of people, the poor (all of us) and the rich (them). A generally poor class is easy to manipulate and control and they're too busy scratching out a living to vote or involve themselves in political affairs.

    March 25, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    The first set of results adds up to 101%, altho it is somewhat heartening to see unions supported 49% to not supported 41%. Anyway, get the rounding errors fixed. If you can't get simple math right, I tend to doubt your ability to perform a chi squared or other statistical analysis.

    March 25, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "The far right won't be happy until there are only two classes of people, the poor (all of us) and the rich (them). A generally poor class is easy to manipulate and control and they're too busy scratching out a living to vote or involve themselves in political affairs."

    Indeed...it appears they skipped reading Anatomy of a Revolution. That's ok though. I'm pretty sure America's Robespierre isn't long in the making.

    March 25, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. betterdays

    The fact that support for companies is the highest in the history of the poll is conveninetly buried on the CNN site. I'm surprised I found it. No screaming headline this time?

    (Of course, the lone question is posed in deliberately vague fashion to begin with.)

    It looks like "government jobs" are on the way to losing some of their appeal. Oh darn.

    March 25, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. John

    Why didn't they poll people regarding government unions? I have nothing against public unions, just sate and muni unions.

    March 25, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. a6102658

    It is amazing that there are people out believing that going against the unions benefits them, Republican Corporates and Fox News are doing a hell of a job in confusing these peoples making them believe that attacking your teachers is good for the country.
    These people siding with the Republicans will not reap any benefits from the Republican crusade against unions, if anything, shifts the balance towards a true Corporate run government.
    Tea Party members stand on the side of Corporations while hurting the people in their own neighborhood.

    March 25, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. B

    Unfortunately labor unions are one of the Democrats only sources for political support and competing with the GOPs unlimited financial support of Multi billion dollar corporations.

    The never ending battle of the wealthy to totally control everything, not just here in the US, but globally.

    Social Darwinism at work.

    March 25, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Marc

    Since polls are consistently showing that people support labor unions, this poll included, do you think the Republican's will be consistent and start supporting labor unions? They keep saying they were sent to Washington to to what the "American people want"

    March 25, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. wildman1

    The Republican Party's plan for America is very simple: Bring back FEUDALISM. Allow the super rich and the far right religious crowd to run everything. Destroy the Middle Class. Let's all go try to make the calendar read 1411 instead of 2011. What a party!!!

    March 25, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. IAMAMUSLIM

    I cant believe how supid you people are. The unions are corrupt and useless. If you can't make it on your own, you need to clean tables at McDonalds

    March 25, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. fayse

    I live in a "right to work" State and, that term is very misleading. It does not favor the worker. It prevents Unions which favor the Corporations and business owners. Our State is facing a loss of approximately 600,000 jobs because of the mismanagement of our Gov. Rick Perry and his Corporate buddies. Please don't judge all Texan to be on the same page of the GOP. In the entire history of Texas, since it became a State, there have only been 6 Republican Governors. George Bush is not a native Texan and we have him to thank for Perry. I keep hoping and I keep voting, one day we will take our State back

    March 25, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. IAMAMUSLIM

    Well David M...Do you mean those big bad companies that employee real worker. How many jobs has the pubic/government unions employed? I have the answer. NONE. You dope

    March 25, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Yet there is no poll on the criminals at Wall Street who are manipulating our gasoline prices, the too big to fail banks, the big health insurance industry, corporations who pay no taxes, the big oil industry, and all the republican pals who caused a near depression.

    March 25, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sniffit: please re-post that little e-mail from one Rethug to the Gov of Wisconsin (God help them until the recall) urging the Gov to have union member physically attack him so they could spin that against the unions

    I've been in this country for 50 years, and these types of shenanigans have always had a place in our politics, however politicians in decades past at least tried to keep their "hands clean". Nowadays the pull of greed, money, and power is so intoxicating and so strong for most of these weak-livered-poor-excuses-for-a-civil-servant that their deplorable, and amoral behaviour is fast becoming commonplace and, brace yourselves, ENTERTAINING.

    America, what is happenning to you? You are letting a select group replace what made you a once strong, albeit flawed, nation and letting them bring the worse in you to the forefront: willful ignorance, bigotry, selfish greed, and duplicity.They are embracing these qualities whilst they wrap themselves in our country's flag and spew about Ammendments and our Founding Fathers. Brick by brick they are dismatling everything this country stood for, and was built on.

    While we look towards Wisconsin, Maine, Alaska and others are being unraveled at the seams by Big Business, and those that have dared to speak out against them are feeling the full weight of their collective force bear down against them while we're kept busy scrambling for the few crumbs thrown our way.

    March 25, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Ray E. (Georgia)

    You wanna be rich? You have every opportunity in the world. You want the moon? you are going to have to go get yourself. The cold hard facts of life, (Economics 101), says if the system will only pay 20 dollars an hour you ain't gonna get 30 dollars an hour. Get a life and wise up. Nobody owes you anything. If you want someone else to do all the thinking for you and you want all the gravy better think again. It ain't gonna happen.

    March 25, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. once upon a Horse

    to be honest with you if the corportations always treated their employees failrly with a fair good wage and benefits and work rules, U would prefer NOT to have a union. But of course that is not going to happen and I have been on jobs with and without unions and the union jobs, although you had to pay dues, did get their employees a better wage and benefit package. The GOP for some reason is against people getting a fair workable wage....they want to LOWER the minimum wage for God's sake and deny unemployment benefits. Like them or not the unions were the backbone of the middle class and helped many get the American Dream. If they want to go after unions why not the ones in pro sports where most of the members are in that upper 2% income. Hmmmm..maybe THAT'S why they don't.

    March 25, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Oh Well.

    I worked in a right to work state and belonged to a labor union. I made a remark too afellow worker about joining the union, he then turned around in his worn coveralls and said I don't have to join no union and we don't need them anyhow. As he walked away from me his fruit of the loom underwear was clearly visable on his backside..........Yup!!...I guess we don't need unions.

    March 25, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. Ancient Texan

    a6102658-you miss the point; unionized workers for companies are one thing. Unionized government workers are not evening the playing field with corporations, they're ripping off the taxpayers. But by the way Unions have also bankrupted many of the manufactorers of merchndise that once was made in America but now is bought from China and imported to America.

    March 25, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Charlie from the North

    I get why the owners and mangers of companies are against unions. It is in the same way that poachers are against game wardens and drug dealers are against the police. But for ordinary American workers to be against Unions make no sense at all, It would be like a homeowner being against the fire department. It is just so stupid I can't even stand it. What are you a bunch of morons? Wake up before it is too late.

    March 25, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. zin

    Public sector unions work 4 us, it wasnt meant to be the other way around. u want my taxes? do ur job right and lose the entitlement attitude. as for all u bedwetters who hate corporations, i wonder where u buy ur groceries, what u drive, what ur using to post ur bratty comments here, if u use medication, go to movies, wipe ur buns with. . . hahaha, evil corporations providing jobs, goods, and services. the good 1s survive, the cheats and abusers shut down. Welcome to Earth dems, u can now boycott everythng

    March 25, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |