|Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons|
A recent poll, commissioned by the California Federation of Teachers, (and reported in the OB Rag) found that 56% of California voters had a favorable view of public employees (only 13% had an unfavorable view) and 61% supported their right to collectively bargain. While Democrats held public employees in the highest esteem, with 63% perceiving them in a positive light, Republicans also viewed them favorably by a margin of more than 2-to-1.
Contrary to the propaganda of right wing politicians and pundits, most California voters blamed the state’s budget crisis on the wealthy and on corporations for not paying their fair share of taxes, not on public employees. More than half of voters (52%) said the wealthy and corporate interests not paying their fair share was the bigger problem affecting the state’s budget woes, while less only 32% thought the bigger issue was public employee compensation.