Last summer, 65 percent of Americans approved of labor unions, up significantly from the 48 percent who expressed approval in the summer of 2009.

Source: “Labor Unions,” August 2020, Gallup, https://tinyurl.com/yd6zwmkh

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Time Period Percentage Approving of Unions Percentage Disapproving of Unions
1957 January 17-22 75% 14%
1957 April 6-11 74% 17%
1957 August 29-September 4 65% 18%
1958 October 15-20 64% 21%
1959 January 7-12 68% 19%
1959 August 20-25 73% 14%
1961 January 12-17 70% 18%
1961 May 4-9 63% 23%
1961 September 21-26 69% 20%
1962 June 28-July 3 64% 24%
1963 January 11-16 68% 22%
1965 May 13-18 71% 19%
1967 September 14-19 66% 23%
1972 March 24-27 60% 27%
1972 December 8-11 60% 25%
1978 January 6-9 59% 31%
1979 May 4-7 55% 33%
1981 August 14-17 55% 35%
1985 April 12-15 58% 27%
1986 July 11-14 59% 30%
1991 July 18-21 60% 30%
1997 August 12-13 60% 31%
1999 March 5-7 66% 29%
1999 August 24-26 65% 28%
2001 August 16-19 60% 32%
2002 August 5-8 58% 33%
2003 August 4-6 65% 29%
2004 August 9-11 59% 34%
2005 August 8-11 58% 33%
2006 August 7-10 59% 29%
2007 August 13-16 60% 32%
2008 August 7-10 59% 31%
2009 August 6-9 48% 45%
2010 August 5-8 52% 41%
2011 August 11-14 52% 42%
2012 August 9-12 52% 42%
2013 August 7-11 54% 39%
2014 August 7-10 53% 38%
2015 August 5-9 58% 35%
2016 August 3-7 56% 35%
2017 August 2-5 61% 33%
2018 August 1-12 62% 30%
2019 August 1-14 64% 32%
2020 July 30-August 12 65% 30%

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