Survey: Georgia Voters Concerned About PRO Act and Its Negative Impacts on Workers, Small Business and Inflation

Walt Farrell

Published March 28, 2022

Press Release

Monday, March 28, 2022 — Atlanta, Georgia – A new survey released by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce shows that Georgia likely voters are very concerned about the Protecting Right to Organize (PRO) Act and the negative and unintended impacts the legislation would have on Georgia workers, small businesses, and inflation.

A significant majority of Georgia likely voters (75%) are most concerned that the PRO Act, which would upend Georgia’s well-established right to work and would harm workers by forcing them to pay up to $1,000 every year during times of high inflation.

Key findings:

  • Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Georgia likely voters, including sixty-three percent of Democratic likely voters, support Georgia’s right-to-work law.
  • Nearly two-thirds (65%) of Georgia likely voters, including sixty-three percent of Democratic likely voters, are concerned the PRO Act would eliminate state Right-to-Work laws. 
  • 72% of Georgia likely voters are concerned that the PRO Act eliminates secret ballot unionization elections and forcing employers to turn over their employees’ personal data.
  • 65% of Georgia likely voters are also concerned that the PRO Act would hurt supply chain operations leading to higher inflation and prices on groceries, household goods, housing, and other consumer items.
  • 62% of Georgia likely voters are concerned, including sixty percent of Democrats, that the PRO Act will reclassify independent contractors like Uber drivers, freelance writers, and other entrepreneurs as employees, eliminating thousands of these flexible jobs.
  • More than half (52%) of Georgia likely voters are less likely to vote for a member of Congress who supports the PRO Act compared to only 13% who said they would be much more likely to vote for members of Congress who support it.

Georgia Chamber President & CEO Chris Clark noted, “Job creators in Georgia have been emphatic that their top priority is securing talent and workforce. At the same time, this poll illustrates that inflation is the number one issue concerning Georgian families and workers. Georgia voters are clearly opposed to Washington overreach that could further increase costs for Georgia families and undermine Georgia’s long term economic prosperity. Voters want the federal government and their representatives to focus on legislation that strengthens and supports our nation’s economy, addresses the workforce shortage, and lowers inflation.”

The statewide survey of 1,000 likely Georgia voters was conducted by Locust Street Group, a bipartisan polling firm, from February 23 through March 1, 2022, with a margin of error of +/- 3%.