U.S. Approval of Labor Unions at Highest Point Since 1965
Seventy-one percent of Americans now approve of labor unions
Seventy-one percent of Americans now approve of labor unions. Although statistically similar to last year's 68 percent, it is up from 64 percent before the COVID-19 pandemic and is the highest Gallup has recorded on this measure since 1965.
These data are from Gallup's annual Work and Education survey, collected Aug. 1-23.
The latest approval figure comes amid a burst of 2022 union victories across the country, with high-profile successes at major American corporations such as Amazon and Starbucks. The National Labor Relations Board reported a 57 percent increase in union election petitions filed during the first six months of fiscal year 2021.
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