The following analysis was completed by DPE based on an October 2016 attitudinal
survey of 1,004 professional and technical employees. Here, the responses of 453 Democrat
professionals are separately analyzed and, in part, compared to Republicans and Independents.
Among the 453 respondents: 56% were employed in the private, for-profit sector; 21%
were employed in the public sector; 37% were aged 45 and over; 25% were employed in
engineering, business, finance, computer, and math occupations; 55% were White; 17% were
Black or African American; and 54% earned under $75,000 per year.
First, Democrats reported the lowest levels of knowledge about unions that represent
professionals. While lower rates of knowledge about unions representing professionals did not
affect support for a union at work, it could make Democrats susceptible to union myths in a
Second, while Democrats were generally supportive of having union representation at
work, their biggest concern was that a union would create conflict between employees and
management. Addressing concerns Democrats might have about a union in the workplace will
help to maintain their support.
Additional data and analysis is available for DPE affiliated unions and their staff.
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