With Ohio gearing up for a referendum vote on SB5, new polling numbers show national support for public unions exceeds that of the Governors who are trying to bust them.

Gallup asked:

With whom do you agree more – governors or state employee unions – in state disputes?

48% of respondents agree with the unions while only 39% agree with the governors. Democrats favor unions at a higher percentage (70%) than Republicans agree with governor’s (65%) and Independents break for the unions as well – with 45% supporting them over the governors (40%).

Another poll by Faith in Public Life and PPP shows even greater support in Ohio among people of faith.

Q2 Do you think Governor Kasich’s plan to
restrict collective bargaining for Ohio public
employees, such as teachers, firefighters and
police, is the right thing to do or the wrong thing
to do?
Right thing……………………………………………. 32%
Wrong thing………………………………………….. 61%
Not sure ……………………………………………….. 7%

Keep in mind that the petitions are only the first part of the referendum process. The signatures only get the issue on the ballot. It still needs to go in front of all of Ohio’s voters in November. Without support from a majority of Ohio’s voters this bill still has a chance to become law.

And with outside conservative groups planning to pour tons of money into Ohio in support of Kasich’s union busting agenda, we have our work cut out for us.

 

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