• Favorable public opinion of labor unions has dropped dramatically from 58 percent in 2007 to 41 percent in 2010 according to a Pew Researched Center survey released on February 23, 2010. Labor union favorability is the lowest since 1986, when 46 percent of people surveyed in a Pew study had a favorable opinion of unions. According to the most recent study, favorable opinions of unions fell across demographic and partisan groups, although more Democrats have favorable opinions of unions (56 percent) than Independents (38 percent) and Republicans (29 percent).