The numbers come ahead of next week’s end of a 60-day contract talks cooling-off period put in place in August by Governor Jerry Brown. Short of an agreement, labor unions are expected to strike again causing commute woes for Alameda and other East Bay residents.
The business-sponsored group contracted with EMC Research of Oakland to conduct the poll in Alameda (37 percent of respondents), Contra Costa (25 percent), San Francisco (22 percent) and San Mateo (16 percent) counties. The poll was conducted over four days beginning September 29th, with a sample size of 509 and a margin of error of 4.3 percent.
Of the 50 percent of respondents who identified themselves as Democrats – Bay Area Democrats traditionally rely on a strong union base – 72 percent said they oppose a renewed strike. Of respondents who said they had a union member in their household, 54 percent said BART workers should accept the offer from BART management.
Overall opposition to a renewed strike clocked in at 76 percent.
A straw poll running on Action Alameda News since August 11th showed 83 percent of participants predicting that BART and its labor unions would not reach an agreement before the end of the cooling-off period.
The short strike at the beginning of July did not engender much sympathy for BART workers from Alameda commuters.