A recent Gallup reading (Jul 30 – Aug 12) shows a national approval rating for United States labor unions at 65%, the highest it has been since 2003. Approval rating breakdowns by political affiliation are 45% for Republicans, 64% for Independents, and 83% for Democrats.

The highest approval rating for unions on record was 75% in 1953 and 1957, and the lowest hovered around 50% between 2009 and 2012. Historically, union approval dips during weak economic times.

Union membership also remained steady in comparison to previous readings with 10% of people saying they are a union member and 16% saying they have a union member in their household.

Read more about the Gallup results here.

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