by Max Brantley
I mentioned receiving a poll call a while back that posed some political questions along with questions of interest to organized labor. Here are the results of the poll, conducted for Council 38 of the American Federation of State, County amd Municipal Employees.
The key political horse race question was U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor v. former Gov. Mike Huckabee for U.S. Senate in 2008. The numbers.
63 percent viewed Pryor somewhat or very favorably; Huckabee's favorable numbers totaled 59 percent of the 496 respondents. Huckabee was viewed somewhat or very unfavorably by 38 percent of respondents, Pryor by 23 percent. George Bush's numbers were 45 percent favorable, 53 percent unfavorable.
Among other questions, big majorities favored a constitutional amendment pushing the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour with regular adjustments for inflation; amendments raising the minimum paid toward workers who get tip income, and an amendment defining payday lender fees as interest. The respondents, by a 53-31 percentage, favored the federal legislation allowing union representation where a majority of employees have signed union cards.