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State divided on right-to-work in Marquette Law poll

Half of the respondents to a Marquette University Law School Poll released Thursday expressed opposition to the so-called right-to-work law Gov. Scott Walker signed in March.

Of the 803 Wisconsin residents interviewed in the survey, 50 percent said they oppose the state’s new right-to-work law, 44 percent said they support it and 5 percent said they were not sure. The polltakers at MU Law, before asking respondents for their opinions, explained that right-to-work laws generally prohibit employers from requiring workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

The polltakers then presented a pair of arguments that are frequently made by supporters of right-to-work proposals and then a separate pair often made by opponents. The respondents were told, “Supporters say the law will increase workers’ options to work where they wish and make Wisconsin more attractive for business. Opponents say the law will weaken unions and drive down pay scales for everyone.”

The pair of supporting and opposing statements were not always presented in the same order. About half the respondents heard the supporting statements first and the other half heard the opposing statements first.

The 803 respondents to the MU Law School poll were reached through calls made to cellphones and landlines between April 7 and 10. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

About Dan Shaw, dan.shaw@dailyreporter.com

Dan Shaw is the associate editor at The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at dan.shaw@dailyreporter.com or at 414-225-1807.

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