Americans’ Approval of Labor Unions Reaches 16-Year High

Gallup has been tracking the favorability of unions for decades, and it’s been steadily rising since the recession ended

Membership in labor unions in the U.S. may be on a long, downward slide, but the share of Americans who view unions favorably continues to increase.

Sixty-four percent of people polled by Gallup earlier this month approve of labor unions, one of the highest rates in half a century. Americans have not viewed unions in such a positive light since 2003, when the rate hit 65%.

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