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Reid Losing Union Support Over Card Check

January 15, 2010 by Shawn Millerick  
Filed under News & Politics, national

In recent weeks it has become clear that health care reform legislation could spell the quick end of the Democrats’ control of Washington D.C.

From Massachusetts to Nevada, polls are showing anger with an overreaching majority on this and a host of other issues.  At times like these, Democrats more than ever need to hold on to their base.  Unfortunately, for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), even that is proving difficult.

Reid, who is struggling to avoid being the Tom Daschle of 2010, has been trailing badly in most every poll no matter his opponent.  Today, a Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) survey shows that his support for yet another Democratic campaign promise, Card Check, is compounding his problems back home.

“While union bosses in Washington, D.C. tout the importance of passing the job-killing Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act, few union households are familiar with the proposal, much less support it.  Once union members hear more about EFCA and what it would do, solid majorities oppose it,” said Katie Packer, executive director of the Workforce Fairness Institute, in a statement.

The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, found 66 percent of union households oppose changing the bargaining process in unionization and 77 percent of union households oppose a government arbitrator having the final say in determining contract terms – both of which the Employee Free Choice Act would do, according to the WFI.

Relatedly, the poll surveyed 350 Nevada union households on their opinions of Harry Reid, who has carried the water for President Obama on this issue, and found that 57% of them would rather elect a new Senator than vote to reelect Reid and 43% have a strongly unfavorable view of Reid’s job performance.

More frightening for Reid, this poll was conducted prior to the revelation of his racial remarks concerning then Senator Obama prior to the 2008 campaign.

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