A surprising new study revealed just how strongly people feel about mandating employers to provide paid sick leave – and how far they’d go to get a politician in office who’d support the idea.
The Public Welfare Foundation’s research found:
- 61% of those surveyed strongly support legislation requiring employers to provide paid sick leave. Interestingly, women, African Americans, people with low incomes and Democrats express the highest support, but 64% of people who call themselves strong Republicans also say they see paid sick days as very important.
- 75% favor a law that guarantees paid sick days for all workers, and most support pro-rated paid sick days for part-time workers.
- 69% said paid sick days are “very important.”
- 47% said they’d be more likely to vote for political candidates who endorsed this benefit.
- Just 14% said they’d be less likely to support someone with that view.
According to the survey, 40 million U.S. workers don’t have paid sick days, and many more lack paid sick days that they can use to care for a sick child or family member.
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