Public Approval of Labor Unions Ticks Up a Point to 62%

This Gallup poll is based on telephone interviews conducted Aug. 1-12, 2018, with a random sample of 1,024 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Sixty-two percent of Americans approve of labor unions today, which is consistent with the 61% who approved last year and up from 56% in 2016. Before 2017, public support for unions hadn’t exceeded 60% since 2003, when 65% approved.

Democrats have consistently expressed much more support than Republicans and independents for unions enjoying greater influence. While 6 in 10 (60%) Democrats want to see unions have more influence, that figure falls to 36% for Independents and just 22% for Republicans.

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