Americans overwhelmingly see small businesses as having a positive effect on the way things are going in the country. By contrast, their views of large corporations are broadly negative. And most people – including identical shares in both parties – are critical of the impact of banks and financial institutions.
The share of U.S. workers who belonged to a union in 2022 stood at 10.1%, down from 1983 when 20.1% of American workers were union members.
About one-in-six U.S. journalists at news outlets are part of a union; many more would join one if they could
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.
Majorities of Americans say unions have a positive effect on U.S. and that decline in union membership is bad
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.
The gender gap in party identification remains the widest in a quarter century.
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.
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Americans’ views of both labor unions and business corporations have grown more positive since March 2015.