When it comes to the debate over collective bargaining, most Americans aren’t siding with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who thrust the issue in the national spotlight.

About 61 percent of Americans said they strongly oppose laws taking away collective bargaining power of public employee unions. That’s according to a poll conducted by USA Today/Gallup Poll released today.

The poll finds that only 33 percent of Americans would favor such a law in their states similar to the one that is being debated in Wisconsin.

Even though the economy is slowly recovering, most Americans don’t want to see state workers take the brunt of the “fiscal shellacking” or see collective bargaining rights eliminated.

Political parties don’t agree whether unions are harmful or helpful to states. About 65 percent of Democrats say unions are more helpful; while 67 percent of Republicans say unions are more harmful.

Are you surprised by the poll’s findings?