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Trump's Union Approval Drops 7 Points

Just 40% of union members approve of the job Trump is doing

Kris LaGrange's picture
Sep 17, 2018

Another day, another poll showing Trump’s approval rating falling. According to FiveThirtyEight, since August, Trump’s average approval rating has fallen from 42% to just 40%. While much of the country has been souring on Trump since his election, he was polling strong with union members. A Reuters poll in 2017 found that 62% of union members approved of the job he was doing. However, UCOMM Blog reported in May that many of those supporters were starting to turn away from Trump. A new Reuters poll shows that sentiment is continuing, and union members have gotten fed up with Trump and his anti-worker antics.

The Pew Research Poll found that only 40% of union households approved of the job that Trump is doing. This is down from May when he had a 47% approval rating with the same group. It is also the first time that he is polling lower than the 42% of union households that voted for him. A 40% approval rating means that in the survey union and non-union households both have the same level of support for Trump.

The loss of union support does not seem surprising considering Trump’s anti-worker policies. Just in the past few months, he has announced his support for a National Right to Work bill, placed the deciding vote on the Janus case on the Supreme Court, appointed a radical anti-union, anti-worker judge to the Supreme Court, and declared open war on federal government unions like AFGE. While he has tried to placate workers by declaring a trade war on Canada, China and Europe, union members have seen this and have realized that there have been almost no positive results from the Trump administration.

The drop-in support comes at a difficult time for Republicans and Trump. With just 7 weeks until the mid-term elections, some Republicans in the Midwest were counting on Trump to help turnout blue collar, union voters for them like he did in 2016. A drop of even just a few percent in states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania could mean the difference between a Democratic Congress and a Republic one.

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