New Poll: Illinois Voters Reject Harmful Pension Cuts, Support Union Plan and Collaborative Approach

Illinois Voters Reject Harmful Pension Cuts, Support Union Coalition's Plan and Collaborative Approach

A new survey released today by the We Are One Illinois coalition shows that Illinois voters oppose harmful cuts to public employee pensions while supporting the union coalition’s pension-funding plan instead. In addition, voters back the We Are One Illinois call for a pension summit to develop a shared solution to the pension problem by a margin of 4 to 1.

Specifically, the poll of 500 voters finds the public opposes cutting pensions by 58-31, supports the coalition’s pension-funding plan by 59-23, and supports the call for a summit by 78-17.

"Illinois voters are sending a strong message to their political leaders," Illinois AFL-CIO president Michael T. Carrigan said. "The public doesn't believe that the modest pension of a retired teacher or other public employee caused the budget problems. People reject the approach that blames and punishes workers and retirees. Instead the voters strongly support our union coalition’s call to work together and develop a solution that is fair, constitutional and supported by all parties."

The survey was conducted by Public Policy Polling, one of the nation's most respected research firms.

The poll memo and results are available both at the link below and immediately following it:

PPP poll memo - Feb 2013 by