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Poll: Majority of Voters Support Paid Family Leave

Poll: Majority of Voters Support Paid Family Leave

October 6, 2014 — A majority of voters support paid family leave and other federal efforts to help working families, and such issues could motivate women to vote, according to a poll released last Thursday by Lake Research Partners, the Huffington Post reports.

The poll surveyed 800 registered voters and was commissioned by the Make It Work campaign. It looked at respondents' opinions on efforts being promoted by the White House, congressional Democrats and Make It Work to enact policies such as paid family leave, equal pay for women, access to affordable child care and a higher minimum wage.

Key Findings

The poll found that 76% of respondents supported efforts to establish flexible workplace policies, equal pay for women and raise the minimum wage. The majority of respondents also supported efforts to ensure affordable child care, according to the Huffington Post.

Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of respondents said they were motivated to act on these issues. Women, young people and minorities were more likely to support candidates that would pass legislation to ensure such policies.

In addition, the poll found that 64% of respondents said they disagreed that men and women are "generally paid equally" for completing the same work. Further, 80% said the government should ensure workers are treated fairly by their employers.

Tracy Sturdivant, co-executive director of Make It Work, said, "We believe these pocketbook issues will motivate women to get out to the polls" (Bassett, Huffington Post, 10/2).