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Poll: Labor Unions Viewed Favorably by 58%
September 3, 2006

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Americans have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of labor unions while 33% disagree and have an unfavorable view. Those figures, from a Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 adults, include 23% with a "very favorable" opinion and 12% with a "very unfavorable" view.

By way of comparison, 69% of Americans have a favorable opinion of a company the unions love to hate—Walmart. Twenty-nine percent (29%) have an unfavorable opinion of the retail giant.

Forty-eight percent (48%) have a favorable opinion of General Motors while 21% hold the opposite view.

The volunteer Minutemen who organized patrols of the Mexican border are viewed favorably by 54% and unfavorably by 22%.

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Fifty-three percent (53%) of men have a favorable opinion of labor unions along with 61% of women.

White Americans are less likely to have a favorable opinion of unions than others. Thirty-and-forty-somethings have less favorable views than those under 30 and over 50.

This year, 38% of Americans say they celebrate Labor Day as a time to honor the contributions of workers in society. Forty-five percent (45%) celebrate the holiday as the unofficial end of summer.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Americans say the summer of 2006 was good or great. Still, the nation's economic confidence declined over the summer and is down nearly 10% from the beginning of the year.

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Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.

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