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Public Employee Union Members More Hostile to Republicans than Private Sector Union Workers

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Members of public employee unions prefer Democrats over Republicans on the Generic Congressional Ballot by a 28-percentage-point margin. Among private sector union members, the gap is half that size.

A Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 50% of public sector union members are ready to vote for a Democratic congressional candidate from their district, while just 22% would vote for a Republican. Ten percent (10%) would prefer a third party option, and 18% are not sure at this time.

Among private sector union members, 47% would vote for a Democrat and 34% for a Republican. Seven percent (7%) would prefer a third party candidate, and 11% are undecided.

That’s partly a function of partisan identification. Among public sector union members, 48% are Democrats, and just 17% claim affiliation with the GOP. Among private sector union members, the numbers are 42% for the Democrats and 30% for the GOP.

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The survey of 432 Likely U.S. Voters who are union members was conducted from February 28-March 13, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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