Working 9 to 5?

With the Great Resignation ongoing, our Research and Insights team took a look at moods and opinions around labor and labor unions in the U.S. — and found that attitudes diverge sharply along party and racial lines: 

  • 55% of U.S. adults say labor unions have a positive impact on the way things are going in the country. But the partisan gap between Democrats (74%) and Republicans (34%) who believe so has grown to a staggering 40 pts.
  • Eighteen percent of U.S. workers say they are worried they will be laid off soon— nine points less than the 27% who said the same last year.
    • Non-white workers (28%) are more than twice as likely as white workers (13%) to be worried about layoffs in the near future. 
  • Less than a third of U.S. workers are completely satisfied with the amount of on-the-job stress they face. Nearly three quarters (72%) are completely satisfied with their coworker relations and their workplaces’ physical safety conditions.
  • The majority of U.S. employees who typically work five days per week say their wellbeing is thriving (57%), but about a quarter say they feel burned out often or always. 
  • Seventeen percent of Americans are members of a labor union or have a household member who is in a labor union.
  • One-third of U.S. adults say labor unions have become less powerful over the past 30 years, including 45% of Democrats, 32% of Independents and 25% of Republicans.