The sense of Congress is that...

While many public employees are dedicated professionals, government employee unions hurt the country. They demand pay and benefits packages that break our budgets, hurt our fiscal standing, and place an unreasonable burden on the taxpayers who pay the bills.

179

41%

256

59%

The minority position is that government employee unions help the country. They give dedicated public employees like teachers, police, and firefighters the leverage they need to negotiate reasonable pay and benefits packages.

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Results calculated from Resurgent Republic survey data of self-identified independent voters, March 1-March 3, 2011, N=370, margin of error +/-5.06%