41% of U.S. journalists who are employed at least part time at a news outlet say they would join a union if it were available to them.
56% of Americans say the decline in the percentage of workers represented by unions has been “somewhat” or “very” bad for the country.
A narrow majority of Americans continue to say labor unions have a positive effect on the way things are going in the United States.
Union membership has had a somewhat unexpected – but likely temporary – turnaround amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Most Americans like labor unions, at least in the abstract. A majority (55%) holds a favorable view of unions, versus 33% who hold an unfavorable view, according to a Pew Research Center survey from earlier this year. Despite those fairly benign views, unionization rates in the United States have dwindled in recent decades. As of 2017, just 10.7% of all wage and salary workers were union members, matching the record low set in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The number of Americans represented by labor unions has decreased substantially since the 1950s, and a new survey finds that the decline is seen more negatively than positively by U.S. adults. The survey also finds that 55% of Americans have a favorable impression of unions, with about as many (53%) viewing business corporations favorably.
Americans’ views of both labor unions and business corporations have grown more positive since March 2015.
The American public's generally favorable view of labor unions hasn't stopped, or even slowed, union membership's long decline.
The share of wage and salary workers in the U.S. who belong to labor unions has fallen by about half since 1983. Americans express mixed views on the impact this long-term decline has had on the country.
Though unions retain much public support, the share of American workers who actually belong to one has been falling for decades and is at its lowest level since the Great Depression