Workers' Uprising: Walker Unveils Disastrous New Budget, Threatens Democrats With Teacher Layoffs; Protesters Ejected from Speech
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Update: Public Policy Polling finds that if Wisconsin voters could have a do-over of last November's gubernatorial election, Scott Walker would not win.
The details, via PPP (h/t Raw Story):
[H]ere's the most interesting finding: if voters in the state could do it over today they'd support defeated Democratic nominee Tom Barrett over Scott Walker by a a 52-45 margin.
The difference between how folks would vote now and how they voted in November can almost all be attributed to shifts within union households. Voters who are not part of union households have barely shifted at all- they report having voted for Walker by 7 points last fall and they still say they would vote for Walker by a 4 point margin. But in households where there is a union member voters now say they'd go for Barrett by a 31 point margin, up quite a bit from the 14 point advantage they report having given him in November.
Interestingly, PPP notes that more Republicans than Democrats or independents have shifted their support from Walker to Barrett in this hypothetical election re-do. Also, Walker won the race in large part because of Democratic voters staying at home, but "[t]hose sleeping dogs aren't lying any more." PPP concludes that Walker has severely damaged the GOP's chances of building steam from his 2010 win in the state.
Update: Last week, Gallup found that Americans opposed stripping collective bargaining rights from public employees by a 2:1 margin. A new poll released today by CBS and the New York Times found that in general, a third of Americans have a favorable view of unions and a quarter view them unfavorably. But opposition to killing public' unions right to negotiate or balancing budgets on the backs of public workers is strong:
Americans oppose weakening the bargaining rights of public employee unions by a margin of nearly two to one: 60 percent to 33 percent. While a slim majority of Republicans favored taking away some bargaining rights, they were outnumbered by large majorities of Democrats and independents who said they opposed weakening them. Those surveyed said they opposed, 56 percent to 37 percent, cutting the pay or benefits of public employees to reduce deficits, breaking down along similar party lines. A majority of respondents who have no union members living in their households opposed both cuts in pay or benefits and taking away the collective bargaining rights of public employees.
Bad news for conservative union-busters.
Update: Twice in the last week, Media Matters has caught Fox "News" interviewing GOP activists about the standoff in Wisconsin and identifying them only as concerned parents. It's very fair and super-balanced.
This morning, Fox & Friends hosted an "upset Wisconsin parent" to discuss her objection to Wisconsin public schools' teaching of labor union history. Left unsaid during the segment: The parent, Amber Hahn, is also a local GOP official....
...On February 18, Your World guest host Chris Cotter interviewed "Wisconsin parent" Dave Westlake to attack teachers for calling in sick to protest, resulting in some schools in Madison, Wisconsin, being closed. Not noted was the fact that Westlake ran for Senate in Wisconsin, losing in the GOP primary.
Update: Last week, Joshua Holland noted that there has been talk of a general strike in Madison --an event not seen in this country since the 1930s. Today, the Capital Times talks to a range of experts about the prospect.
On Feb. 21, the Madison-based South Central Federation of Labor took the unprecedented step of endorsing a general strike among its 45,000 members if Gov. Scott Walker's controversial budget repair bill is made law.