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New Poll Shows Middle Class Overwhelmingly Supports Employee Free Choice Act

August 20, 2008

Josh Goldstein
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Washington, DC—A clear majority of the middle class are in support of the Employee Free Choice Act, according to a new, groundbreaking nationwide poll by the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy (DMI).

Overall, 68% of middle-class adults would have liked their representative in the U.S. House to vote for the bill.  Specifically, 80% of Democrats, 60% of Republicans, and 59% of Independents polled were in favor of their representatives voting for the bill.

American Rights at Work Executive Director Mary Beth Maxwell issued the following statement regarding the poll:

"This new poll reinforces that a clear majority of Americans - be they Democrats, Independents, or Republicans - want policies like the Employee Free Choice Act that will help working families struggling in this economy.  Push polls released by anti-union corporate front groups earlier this year have tried to indicate otherwise, but this new poll shows the true pulse of the American public.  Momentum for the Employee Free Choice Act is real and while anti-union corporations and their front groups are spending millions to mislead the public, Americans aren't buying it."

American Rights at Work is dedicated to promoting the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, federal legislation that would help level the playing field to give workers the freedom to choose to join a union, so they can earn better wages and benefits and have greater opportunity towards achieving the American Dream.

For more information on DMI's first annual survey on the Middle Class and Public Policy, visit

For more information about the Employee Free Choice Act, visit or


American Rights at Work is a leading labor policy and advocacy organization dedicated to educating the American public about the barriers that workers face when they attempt to exercise their rights to freely and fairly form unions and engage in collective bargaining.