Americans Widely Support Paid Family and Medical Leave, but Differ Over Specific Policies


Americans support the idea of paid leave, whether it’s for medical reasons or family needs, but the question of whether such leave should be mandated by the government or left for employers to decide doesn’t bring as clear of an answer.

That’s according to the newly released results of a Pew Research Center study conducted late last year that found that 85 percent of respondents agreed workers should get paid leave to deal with serious health issues, and 82 percent believed new mothers should get paid maternity leave. Smaller majorities said they support paid paternity leave (69 percent) and paid leave to care for family members with serious illnesses (67 percent).

Read the Study here.


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