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Poll of the Week: Ohio evangelicals oppose assault on collective bargaining

May 18, 2011, 5:26 pm | Posted by Dan Nejfelt

A Quinnipiac University poll released today shows that white born-again/evangelical Christian voters in Ohio strongly oppose many of the restrictions on workers’ rights included in SB-5 — the anti-collective bargaining law signed by Gov. John Kasich in March.

In fact, white evangelicals’ beliefs are more in line with independents than Republicans regarding public employees’ ability to collectively bargain in general, to collectively bargain for health insurance plans in particular, and to strike:

Support for Curbing Rights to...

And most significantly, a majority of white evangelicals overwhelmingly believe SB-5 should be repealed:

Keep or Repeal SB-5

I hope leaders of the effort to repeal SB-5 take note of these findings. White evangelicals are often written off as an unreachable demographic for progressives, but failing to reach out to them in morally resonant terms on this issue would be a missed opportunity for both persuasion and mobilization. More data on evangelicals as well as other faith groups could unlock a wealth of further useful information.

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