New Poll Suggests Voters Trust Unions over Gov. Rauner

Jul 25, 2016

Illinois voters like labor unions, but generally find Governor Bruce Rauner's approach to labor negotiations to be unfavorable, according to a new poll.

This month, the progressive political research group A-L-G took a survey of about 600 likely Illinois voters. The findings show that more than half trust the state's public employee unions more than the governor when it comes to labor disputes.

Anders Lindall with AFSCME Council 31, part of the state's largest employee union, says the poll comes as the union has been urging Rauner to return to bargaining a new contract.
 
"The poll shows that voters reject Rauner's approach to try impose his unfair terms on workers, potentially forcing a strike. On the contrary, voters strongly support public service workers."

Lindall argues the poll suggests Illinois voters want to see the governor and state employees come to an agreement.
 
"Not confrontation, but compromise. That's what AFSCME wants, clearly that's what the people of Illinois want. Bruce Rauner trying to force confrontation is out on an island with the support of a small minority of Illinoisans."

According to the poll, 54-percent of Illinois voters favor the unions in the negotiations, while only 30-percent support Rauner. But, in a statement to Capitol Fax, Rauner's office called the research a "fabricated poll."