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Wisconsin Labor Fight Spurs Surge in Union Pride, Liberal Support

The very public fight in Wisconsin over labor unions’ collective bargaining rights seems to have resulted in a strong surge in union pride among labor households, and made liberal Democrats’ support of labor significantly stronger.

A new Pew poll compared the change in opinions about labor unions over the past few weeks as the Wisconsin fight over collective bargaining rights has been taking place. Among all Americans, there has been a modest increase in unions’ net favorable rates, and, looking at the internals, a huge 18-point surge among labor households and liberal Democrats who now hold a “very favorable” opinion of unions.

This public showdown with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has succeeded in rallying labor households and progressives around the country behind unions.

It will be interesting to see if this quickly growing support for unions among liberal Democrats translates into these two stalwart segments of the Democratic party working more closely together, not just on electoral politics, but on pro-labor policy.

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Jon Walker

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at