Photo By: 
Count Me In

Union Approval Hits 17 Year High

The latest Gallup poll shows nearly 2/3 of Americans support unions

Kris LaGrange's picture
Sep 04, 2020

Support for labor unions continues to grow according to the latest Gallup poll. The latest poll, which is released annually right before Labor Day, shows the highest approval rating since 2003.

According to the poll, 65% of Americans approve of labor unions. This is up from a low in 2009 of 48%. The poll, which was conducted from July 30 to August 12, showed that support for unions was stable from last year when 64% of people supported them.

Like everything else right now, approval for unions does split down party lines. The poll found 83% of Democrats viewing them favorably, while only 45% of Republicans had the same view.

While unions remain popular, membership in unions continues to stagnate with only 11.6% of workers being union members. However, over the last year, we have seen growing organizing movements in the tech sector, and big companies like Amazon are also seeing their workers begin to organize. Just recently, UCOMM reported on a series of big organizing wins in healthcare and manufacturing.

Previous Gallup polls have shown that support for unions tends to weaken during tough economic times, however this year seems to be different. Since people believe that the economic problems are largely the part of COVID-19, it seems people haven’t lost faith in unions. In fact, the pandemic may strengthen their support for them as unions continue to fight for new industry-wide safety standards to deal with COVID.

Sign up for our e-Newsletter!