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How does collective bargaining play with the public?

In February 2011, just after Gov. Scott Walker "dropped the bomb" by proposing to curtail the collective bargaining rights of most public workers, a Gallup Poll found that 61% of 1,000 Americans sampled opposed Walker's plan while 33% were supportive.

One month later, a survey by Quinnipiac University found that 45% of respondents would support curbing collective bargaining rights to save governments money while 42% would oppose it.

More recently, and among Wisconsin voters only, a May poll by Marquette Law School found that "collective bargaining continues to divide the [Wisconsin] electorate by single digits." Its May telephone survey of 700 registered state voters found that 50% would like to keep things as they are, while 43% would prefer to return to previous law.

Restoring collective bargaining was supported by 78% of Democrats but opposed by 81% of Republicans. And as far as that elusive independent vote, collective bargaining did not appear to be a winning issue: 53% preferred current law, while 38% wanted the restoration of bargaining rights for public workers.

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