The capitol in Madison may be swamped with angry leftist and union protesters, but according to at least one poll it appears as though the citizens of Wisconsin at large are with the governor and the state’s majority Republicans who are pushing for the budget changes.
No surprise since these are the people who put Walker and the Republicans in charge to make these tough budgeting decisions.
Poll Shows 71% of Wisconsinites Think Walker’s Budget Changes are “Fair”
February 24, 2011- Alexandria, VA – Most Wisconsinites believe that Governor Walker’s proposed budget changes that include unions to pay 5.8% of their salary toward the cost of their pensions plans and double their contributions for health care premiums to 12.6% are fair, according to a new poll sponsored by WisconsinReporter.com.
The poll which was conducted on February 21, 2011 of 500 likely voters in Wisconsin also showed a perceived discrepancy between benefits for public and private sector employees, with 69% believing that government workers in their community have better benefits than private sector workers.
The polling data is at the link. Here’s the key question and results:
4* Governor Walker is asking unions to pay 5.8% of their salary toward the cost of their pensions plans and double their contributions for health care premiums to 12.6%. Is that fair?
7% Not sure
You probably won’t get this impression from the mainstream media, but it looks like the people of Wisconsin are with the Governor.