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Harris Poll: Americans Want Legal Protections for Workers in the Global Economy

July, 17 2006 Share

 

The National Labor Committee commissioned a Harris Poll which was conducted via telephone survey between March 17 and March 21, 2006.
These are the results.

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  • 76 percent of Americans believe that workers should be protected, just as corporate trademarks and products are in the global economy

Question: Over the past ten years American and international corporations have demanded and won enforceable laws in the global economy, backed up by the World Trade Organization and sanctions, to protect their corporate trademarks, labels and products. At the same time the World Trade Organization says that providing similar laws to protect the rights of the worker who makes the product would be an "impediment to free trade."

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "I believe that America should work to extend the same legal protections that are currently afforded to corporate trademarks and products to the human being who made the product."

76%           

TOTAL AGREE

(39% Strongly agree / 37% Somewhat agree) 

15%  TOTAL DISAGREE (8% Somewhat disagree / 8% Strongly disagree)
 6%  Neither agree or disagree
 2% Don't know/Refused

  

 

 

 

 

 

 


  

  • 75 percent of Americans want their member of Congress to support legislation to protect human rights in the global economy by prohibiting import or sale of sweatshop goods

Question:  To what degree do you agree with the following statement:  I want my Member of Congress to support legislation to protect human rights in the global economy by prohibiting the import or sale of sweatshop goods in the U.S. which were made under conditions violating internationally recognized worker rights standards.

75%          TOTAL AGREE (54% Strongly agree / 21% Somewhat agree)
 19%

TOTAL DISAGREE

(8% Somewhat disagree / 11% Strongly disagree)

 4% Neither agree or disagree
 1% Don't know/Refused

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Methodology:  Harris Interactive conducted this telephone survey between March 17 and March 21, 2006 among a random cross-section of 1,002 adult Americans aged 18 and older.  There is a 95% certainty that the results have a sampling error of +/-3 percentage points of what they would be if the entire U.S. adult population had been polled with complete accuracy.  Harris Interactive is an international market research and consulting firm best known for The Harris Poll, one of the longest running independent opinion polls in the U.S.