Poll Doesn’t Show Full Picture of ‘Right-to-Work-for-Less’ in Ohio

by Patricia Guadalupe  |  February 15, 2012

A new poll of Ohio voters claims a majority of participants support becoming a “right-to-work” state, but a closer look shows that questions were overly simplified and biased in favor of the anti-worker legislation.

The Quinnipiac University poll posed this question to participants:

“Indiana recently became a ‘right-to-work’ state, meaning that workers can no longer be required to join a union or pay dues or fees to a union as a condition of employment. Do you think that Ohio should become a ‘right-to-work’ state or don't you think so?”

The poll does not correctly define what right-to-work really is, and only shows that respondents did not understand that it means reduced wages for all workers, less likelihood of employer-sponsored health care and pensions, and would have absolutely no impact on job growth.

As a result, 54 percent of respondents said they favor right-to-work, compared to 40 percent who oppose it. (Six percent had no opinion.) Most Republicans said they support it and a majority of Democrats and nearly 40 percent of Independents would not.

Ohioans this past fall overwhelmingly rejected the anti-worker Senate Bill 5/Issue 2 by a 61 to 39 percent vote and in the past have defeated right-to-work-for-less initiatives. Ohioans oppose such measures once they understand what they really mean, and elected officials on both sides of the aisle say that pursuing a right-to-work law in Ohio would be foolish.

Even Governor Kasich weighed in, saying recently, “If people in this state feel that you need right-to-work, I don’t think people even know what that is.”

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