Why Is the Public Suddenly Down on Unions? – The Bad Economy’s to Blame–Support Should Recover When the Economy Does

Source: David Madland and Karla Walter, Center for American Progress, July 2010

Americans have expressed generally positive attitudes toward unions for as long as pollsters have been asking, and for decades public approval of labor unions has hovered around 60 percent. But starting in 2009 public opinion toward labor unions dropped precipitously. Why?

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