The Indiana Business Council released the results of an online survey Friday saying Indiana business people support Right to Work legislation. The survey, which was taken between February 28 and March 2, polled roughly 1,500 business professionals around the state. According to the study, 75% of those polled say Indiana should become a Right to Work state – and more than two-thirds of that group strongly support Right to Work. House Democratic Media Relations Director John Schorg said those results don’t surprise him.
“To find that a group of people who’d be the ultimate beneficiaries of such an onerous policy as Right to Work are in favor of that policy is not the most shocking news in the world,” Shorg said.
The study also asked whether it was right for House Democrats to leave the state in order to kill Right to Work…with 81% of respondents saying they were wrong to do so. Schorg said the Democrats aren’t worried about what the people in the survey think.
“Those are not the interests we are representing by the actions we are taking,” Schorg said. “We are representing the interests of families across the state, of working men and women across the state who stand to suffer lasting harm by the implementation of these policies.”
Gerry Dick of Inside Indiana Business – part of the consortium which commissioned the study – said Indiana’s debate is just part of a similar national conversation on workers’ rights. He said he wasn’t surprised by business support for Right to Work, but did note the high degree of dissatisfaction with House Democrats, who remain in Illinois. Democrats are quick to say it’s not just a disagreement about Right to Work which is keeping them from the Statehouse.