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Bachmann wants Obama to be more like Wisconsin governor, but Americans don't

Rep. Michele Bachmann is appalled that President Barack Obama has sided with public employee unions in Wisconsin opposed to a union-busting bill being pushed by Gov. Scott Walker.

And she complained today on Facebook that Obama ought to be more like Walker when it comes to cutting government spending.

But that's not what Americans want, a new poll suggests.

Michele Bachmann on Facebook
Michele Bachmann on Facebook

USA Today and Gallup have just published a survey, taken Monday, showing that most Americans don't support Walker's efforts to neuter his state's public employee unions in the name of balancing the budget.

Q: Would you favor or oppose a law in your state taking away some collective bargaining rights of most public unions, including the state teachers union?

The poll found that 61 percent opposed any law in their state similar to the one Walker supports, 53 percent opposed reducing pay or benefits for government workers, and 48 percent opposed reducing or eliminating government programs compared to 47 percent in favor.

The results are markedly different from a Rasmussen poll released yesterday that showed 48 percent of Americans agree more with the Republican governor, compared to 38 percent who sided with the protesting union members.

(Poll analyst Nate Silver thinks the Rasmussen poll, conducted last week, is intentionally biased. Here's why.)

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