Republican Scott Brown's election to the Senate in Massachusetts's special election Tuesday was a "working-class revolt," the AFL-CIO asserted Thursday .

The labor union said that voters were expressing frustration at their needs not having been met, after having commissioned a poll in the aftermath that saw the GOP win the Senate seat long held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D).


"What we found overall was what we call a working-class revolt," AFL-CIO political action director Karen Ackerman said. "Voters, especially middle-class voters, were responding to the fact that no one was really addressing their needs; no one was really addressing their interests."

The labor group's leader, Richard Trumka, said in the immediate aftermath of the election, in which the frontrunner, state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D), went down to defeat, that lawmakers and candidates should be on notice that voters want "results."

The poll said that economic dissatisfaction played a large role in voters' preferences, with 56 percent of those who rated the Bay State's economy poorly having chosen to vote for Brown. The AFL-CIO also asserted that the Massachusetts results were not a rebuke to healthcare reform efforts, with 59 percent of voters who listed health reform as a top priority having voted for Brown.

Guy Molyneux, who conducted the poll for Peter D. Hart Research Associates, said during a conference call that the outcome of the Massachusetts vote was more about the candidates than sending a message to Washington.
"This was fundamentally a working-class revolt that took place in Massachusetts," he said, echoing Ackerman's characterization.