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Plurality Says Labor Unions Have Too Much Influence According to CBS/NY Times Poll

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of American adults think labor unions have “too much influence on American life and politics today,” according to a recently released CBS News/New York Times poll. Only half as many (19%) believe that unions have too little influence.

Twenty-nine percent (29%) say the level of influence is about right, while 15% are not sure.

The survey of 984 adults was conducted February 24-27, 2011.

The survey also finds a fairly even divide when it comes to assessing the motives of those “governors and state legislators” who “try to reduce the benefits of public employees.” By a narrow 45% to 41%, a modest plurality believes the primary motivation is to reduce budget deficits.


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