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Poll: Americans Back Collective Bargaining Rights

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Protestors walk through a hallway in the State Capitol on February 23, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Protestors have occupied the state capitol for the past nine days protesting the Republican Governor Scott Walker's attempt to push through a budget bill that would restrict collective bargaining for most government workers. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Protestors walk through a hallway in the State Capitol on February 23, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Protestors have occupied the state capitol for the past nine days protesting the Republican Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to push through a budget bill that would restrict collective bargaining for most government workers. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (AP) — A new poll finds that Americans oppose efforts to weaken public employee unions’ collective bargaining rights by an almost two to one margin.

A New York Times/CBS poll released Monday finds that 60 percent of adults surveyed oppose efforts to weaken public employee union members’ rights to collectively negotiate the terms of their employment. Thirty-three percent of those surveyed support such efforts.

The poll comes as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker seeks to push through legislation that would strip most public employees of their collective bargaining rights and require them to contribute more to their pension and benefit plans.

The nationwide telephone poll of 984 adults was conducted Feb. 24-27. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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