ICYMI: PRO Act ‘Can Alienate Voters,’ Newly Released Poll Shows

WASHINGTON – With the radical Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act expected to come to a vote on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in coming weeks, POLITICO reports on newly released polling from the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) that reveals voters’ significant concerns about the bill’s consequences for workers.

The poll of 500 South Carolina voters “shows Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.) will lose support in his district if he votes yes,” POLITICO reports, adding: “‘Though currently popular with his voters, Joe Cunningham can alienate voters by supporting an unpopular labor bill,’ said a polling memo prepared by GS Strategy Group.”

The poll finds that a majority of South Carolina voters oppose the PRO Act and view the heavy-handed influence of labor unions unfavorably.  Its key findings include:


  • Statewide and in the Charleston area, more than six in 10 voters oppose the PRO Act when provided with basic facts about the legislation, including that it would force companies to turn over sensitive employee records, like cell phone numbers and home addresses, to union organizers.


  • When presented with both sides of the argument, most South Carolina voters consistently side with opponents of the PRO Act and show concerns about its consequences for workers – including that it strips away workers’ privacy rights by granting unions access to an individual’s private personal data without their consent, allowing unions to harass and pressure workers to agree with their demands, as well as limiting individuals’ ability to work as independent contractors and taking away workers’ free choice in union elections.


  • Unions have a trust problem in South Carolina, as more voters say unions rely on bad tactics and misinformation to pressure companies than say they can be trusted.


  • In the Charleston area, more than twice as many voters (43.4 percent) say they would be less likely to vote for a candidate for Congress who supports the PRO Act, than say they would be more likely (just 18.6 percent).


To view the polling memo, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, CLICK HERE.