September 15, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – Donald Trump lost support among union members in five key states over the summer, according to internal polling figures released by the AFL-CIO Sept. 7.
The federation said 36% of union members in Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin were backing the Republican candidate, down from 41% in mid-June. While it did not release figures about what percentage of members supported Democrat Hillary Clinton, it said Trump is drawing about as much support as Mitt Romney had in September 2012. “We really think it’s important for people to understand that Trump may have excited some union members more than previous Republican candidates, but he hasn’t extended the number of union members who support him, despite what he claims,” AFL-CIO political director Michael Podhorzer said. The federation is beginning door-to-door canvassing and heavy phone-banking for Clinton in the five polled states plus Missouri and North Carolina, said spokesperson Eric Hauser, and will tell people that Trump “is not a man on your side, this is not someone who will stand up for you.” Read more