USA Today/Gallup poll finds that 61 percent oppose public-employee unions losing collective-bargaining rights

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    Feb 23, 2011 12:29 PM GMT
    "PRINCETON, NJ -- As Wisconsin and numerous other states struggle to reduce untenable budget deficits, a new USA Today/Gallup poll finds that not one of three major fiscal strategies available to state lawmakers is very popular. The least objectionable to Americans is 'reducing or eliminating certain state programs,' with about equal numbers in favor as opposed. A slight majority, 53%, opposes reducing pay and benefits for state workers, and a larger majority, 71%, opposes raising state taxes.

    "... Additionally, the new poll finds Americans opposed to their own state adopting a deficit-reduction proposal, like the one that has triggered a legislative standoff in Wisconsin, that eliminates some of the collective bargaining rights of most public unions, including the teachers' union. One-third of Americans say they would favor such a bill in their own state, while 61% would oppose it."

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    http://www.gallup.com/poll/146276/Scaling-Back-State-Programs-Least-Three-Fiscal-Evils.aspx
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    Feb 23, 2011 1:47 PM GMT
    What this tells me is that if we're really talking about "shared sacrifice" than we have to do a little bit of each of these things, reduce some programs, renegotiate some union contracts, and, yes, raise taxes. If we did all of these things at least on an interim basis we could solve the fiscal crises most of our states face.