Most Americans say they are against any laws reducing the collective bargaining power of unionized civil service workers as a way to balance a state's budget, according to a new survey out Tuesday.
The USA Today/Gallup poll
comes as there's no end in sight to the week-long budget showdown between Wisconsin's public employee unions and Gov. Scott Walker.
Pollsters found that 61 percent of respondents would oppose a law in their state similar to the one being floated by Walker that would reduce the ability of Wisconsin's state employee unions to bargain. Just 33 percent said they would support such a measure.
For the eighth straight day, protests for and against Walker's plan have clogged the streets around the state capitol in Madison.
The poll also asked about other methods elected officials could use to solve budget shortfalls. USA Today pointed out several key findings:
-- 71 percent oppose increasing sales, income or other taxes while 27 percent are in favor that approach.
-- 53 percent oppose reducing pay or benefits for government workers while 44 percent are in favor.
-- 48 percent oppose reducing or eliminating government programs while 47 percent are in favor of cuts.
Read Gallup's complete poll results here