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Political Appeal of Bashing American Unions May Have Peaked

  • Gallup poll finds support for labor at highest since 2008
  • Walker ended presidential campaign built on clash with workers
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announces he is ending his White House bid on Sept. 21, 2015, in Madison.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announces he is ending his White House bid on Sept. 21, 2015, in Madison.

Photographer: Andy Manis/Getty Images

Unions might never recover the strength they had decades ago, but recent signs suggest renewed support for labor, or at least an end to its run as a Republican bogeyman.

After building a campaign around his battle with government workers, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker abruptly ended his presidential campaign Sept. 21. His decision came a month after a Gallup Poll found that support for unions jumped 5 percentage points in the past year to its highest level nationwide since 2008.