Jan 30, 2017

60% of Americans today favor labor unions

Per Pew, union favorability up from 48% in 2015.

  • 76% of Democrats have a favorable view of labor unions compared to 44% of Republicans
  • Republicans are divided in their views: 55% of moderate and liberal Republicans say they have a positive view of unions, while only 38% of conservative Republicans say the same.

Why this matters: Growing support for unions could be linked to Trump's election. Trump ran on some positions endorsed by unions, particularly on trade. The AFL-CIO applauded one of Trump's first big moves as president: pulling out ot the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Faith in government plummets around the world

People around the world have grown far more cynical about the idea their governments have their best interests at heart, according to polling from Pew.

By the numbers: When Pew last asked this question in 2002, majorities in nearly all countries polled believed their government was run to benefit all people. Amid the current populist wave, there is far more doubt.

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Israeli election: Netanyahu has momentum despite corruption case

Netanyahu campaigns with a friend behind him. Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enters Israel's third elections in 10 months with momentum — and with his corruption trial looming just two weeks after the vote.

Why it matters: Israeli politics have been deadlocked for nearly a year as Netanyahu and his centrist rival, Benny Gantz, grapple for power. Monday's vote could provide the breakthrough, or set Israel on course for yet another election.

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Democrats lay out demands for coronavirus funding

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a joint statement Thursday outlining their demands for coronavirus funding, including a guarantee that the eventual vaccine is affordable.

The big picture: Pelosi criticized the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus outbreak, calling it "chaotic" and chiding President Trump for "name-calling" and "playing politics." She added at a press conference that bipartisan congressional leaders are nearing an agreement on emergency funding.