Bad News for Walker

February 22, 2011 10:09 a.m.
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Do Wisconsin voters support eliminating public sector unions’ collective bargaining rights?

That AFL-CIO sponsored poll released this morning suggested that Gov. Walker (R) was definitely on the wrong side of public opinion in the state. But that’s a poll sponsored by one of the players in the fight. But now there’s a nationwide poll out from USAToday/Gallup that says that 61% of Americans oppose the kind of attacks on public employees unions that Walker is putting. That’s nationwide. Frankly, I’m a bit surprised it’s that high, though I would have expected it to be in the majority.

But I think we now have a growing body of evidence that using short-term budget crises to effectively ban public sector unions is not good politics.

As I said, I don’t think this is going well for Walker.

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