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Two-thirds of Americans support labor unions, AFL-CIO poll says

August 29, 2023

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As some of the country’s largest unions continue to strike, or threaten to, organized labor has the support of 71% of Americans. And regardless of political affiliation — Republican, Democrat or independent, red state or blue — the support crosses party lines.

According to a new poll from the AFL-CIO, a majority of Republicans, two-thirds of independents and 91% of Democrats support unionized labor.

“Working people are reclaiming our power. Working people are taking on the companies that have exploited us for a long time now,” AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler said Tuesday during the group’s inaugural state of the unions address, just days before the Labor Day holiday weekend. “The state of the unions is on the rise. It’s on the rise with every strike, with every picket line, every win we deliver for workers all over this country.”

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