Over the last several days, I’ve heard several news reports on MSNBC in which the “reporter” has stated that “polls show Americans don’t want to end government workers ‘rights’ to collectively bargain.” This statement has always struck me as odd since they never cite the polls. So I did a little web-search. On March 2, the Christian Science Monitor published an article which can be found here. In it they report that a March 2nd Quinnipiac poll shows:
Forty-five percent of respondents to the survey said they would support curbing such rights to save state governments money. Forty-two percent said they would oppose limiting collective bargaining.
But the article goes on to state that a February 28th Pew poll showed 42% in favor of the unions and 31% in favor of Gov. Walker. While a February 22nd Gallup poll showed 61% favoring the union.
So, in 1.5 weeks, support for government employee collective bargaining ‘rights’ has gone from about 60-40 (for-against) to 50-50. I suspect that this trend will continue. Why? IMHO, it is as a result of the thuggish behavior of the protestors and the cowardice shown by fleeing Democrat lawmakers.
Americans like the underdog, but they don’t like thugs. Unlike Tea Party protests, the video footage of the Wisconsin protests is an embarrassment of riches for Gov. Walker’s supporters. Tea Party protests were full of comments like “God Bless America” and “Support the Constitution”. At the end of the protest, the participants cleaned up field/park and went home. While, there were some posters of the President that I found exceedingly distasteful, the overall impression left from a Tea Party protest was of polite disagreement through the use of our First Amendment rights. Wisconsin’s protests are full of pushing, jostling, hitting reporters, physical intimidation, and threats. In short, thuggish behavior.
Add to the thugs the runaway legislators. As I recall in 2009, many on the Left kept saying “We won, get over it. Do as we say.”, and the Left got its way with massive government extension and spending and debts that will hobble our children and grandchildren for decades. Now that Republicans have won, the Left runs away rather than do their job. It is an embarrassment for Democrats. I served in the Minority in Dover and disagreed with much of our spending and policies. However, I never recommended that my caucus runaway to Maryland.
So, today or tomorrow the layoffs start. Who is to blame? The protestors and the Democrats. Americans are recognizing this and are switching their support from the thugs and cowards to Gov. Walker.