MADISON, Wis. — Americans strongly oppose laws taking away the collective bargaining power of public employee unions, according to a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. The poll found 61% would oppose a law in their state similar to such a proposal in Wisconsin, compared with 33% who would favor such a law.Below the headline we read the actual question that was posed to those polled:
Would you favor or oppose a law in your state taking away some collective bargaining rights of most public unions, including the state teachers union?Interesting. Here is how I would have worded the poll:
Would you favor or oppose a law in your state that requires government workers to pay for their own health benefits, like everyone else is already required to do?And remember, the Wisconsin law merely requires public workers contribute 12% towards their benefits. I don't know about you but I have to pay 100% towards mine. And if I had to ask the original question posed above, I would have asked this first:
Do you even know what "collective bargaining rights" are? If not, then please do not answer any more questions.