- Overwhelming majorities across party, race, and ethnicity support a federal paid family and medical leave program.
- Majorities would be more likely to support a candidate who supported paid family and medical leave and would feel more motivated to vote in the midterms if Congress passed it.
- A range of reasons are strong to support paid family and medical leave, including the benefits helping across families, improving health outcomes, and boosting morale and lowering employee turnover.
Four in Five Americans Support Paid Family and Medical Leave
Overwhelming and bipartisan majorities support the creation of such a program, including more than three in four independents (76%) and seven in ten Republicans (70%); more than three in four across racial and ethnic groups support the plan.
Majorities More Likely to Vote for a Supporter of Paid Leave and More Motivated to Vote if Congress Passed Paid Leave
Democrats (68% more likely to support, 65% more motivated to vote), Black Americans 57%, 58%), and Hispanic Americans (61% each) in particular would be more likely to support such a candidate and more motivated to vote in the upcoming midterms.
A Range of Arguments in Favor of Paid Leave Are Convincing to Three in Four Americans
The most convincing arguments to support paid leave focus on how it helps everyone in families, improves health outcomes for children, parents, and the elderly, and boosts morale and lower employee turnover by making employees feel fairly paid and supported.
About The Study
Global Strategy Group conducted public opinion surveys among a sample of 1,001 registered voters from September 8-September 11, 2022. 96 additional interviews were conducted among Hispanic voters. 76 additional interviews were conducted among Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. 100 additional interviews were conducted among African American voters. 99 additional interviews were conducted among independent voters.