CBS/NYT poll: Public supports labor over GOP

Key points in the poll:

· 60 percent oppose eliminating some collective bargaining rights for public employee unions. Only 33 percent support eliminating them.

· 56 percent oppose cutting the pay or benefits of public employees to reduce state budget deficits. Only 37 percent favor doing so.

· 40 percent would raise taxes to lower their state’s budget deficit. Fewer — 22 percent — chose decreasing public employee benefits.

· Americans have a net positive view of labor unions. Thirty-three percent have a favorable view, compared to 25 percent who hold an unfavorable view.

· The percentage of Americans who say labor unions have too much power has declined from 60 percent to 37 percent today.

Keep in mind that Republicans don’t generally care about polls. They bully ahead until you call them on it, publicly and repeatedly.

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