Majority of Voters Support the PRO Act
A Vox poll shows support for the PRO Act and public sector bargaining and union rights
The PRO Act is a transformational bill that would rewrite labor law to give workers a fairer chance against their bosses. It would do things like outlaw right to work and make it easier to get a first contract after organizing. Since this is a bill that would actually help workers, conservatives and business groups have attacked it and gained support among Republicans in Congress to block the bill. Yet a new poll shows that their messaging isn’t having an effect on the average person and a majority of people support the PRO Act.
The poll, which was conducted by Vox and Data for Progress, shows that 27% of the respondents strongly support the PRO Act and another 32% somewhat support the bill, meaning the 59% of the likely voters polled would support the bill while only 29% oppose it. When broken down by political party, 74% of Democrats, 58% of Independents, and 40% of Republicans support the bill.
They also asked respondents about their thoughts on whether public-sector unions should have bargaining rights, to which 68% of the respondents approved of allowing these workers to bargain and join a union.
The pollsters also asked what their thoughts were on Biden’s pro-union statement when he said, “America wasn’t built by Wall Street, it was built by the middle class, and unions built the middle class,” Biden said. “Unions put power in the hands of workers. They level the playing field. They give you a stronger voice, for your health, your safety, higher wages, protection from racial discrimination and sexual harassment. ... There should be no intimidation, no coercion, no threats, no anti-union propaganda. No employee should confront workers about their union preferences.”
The poll found 65% of likely voters including 60% of independents and 42% of Republicans, agreed with the President’s quote. Only 28% disapproved.