Paid Leave is Enormously Popular among Everyone Everywhere

A new poll released today finds that 85% of Delaware voters support paid family and medical leave, an overwhelming majority that cuts across party lines. Conducted by Change Research between February 19 and 24, 2022 and among a representative sample of 552 Delaware voters, the poll comes as lawmakers consider the Healthy Delaware Families Act (Senate Bill 1) to make Delaware the 10th state to create a paid family & medical leave insurance program. 

“This poll confirms what we’ve known all along: no matter your political party, Delawareans believe no one should lose their livelihood because they need to take time to care for themselves or a loved one,” said Liz Richards, Director of the Delaware Cares Coalition for Paid Leave. “Paid family and medical leave is the bridge to the future we need to build for Delaware families, who are demanding action. It’s time to pass the Healthy Delaware Families Act without delay.” 

The survey showed that support for this program is consistent across demographic and political groups – strong majorities of voters in every group supported the policy, including Republicans. The poll also found that support for the bill was consistent across the state – 83% of Sussex County voters support a paid leave program, compared to 85% in New Castle County and 87% in Kent County.

Voters’ support for paid leave was not only strong, but firm. Even after voters read multiple arguments against a paid leave program and were told they’d have to support it through a payroll contribution deducted from their pay, the vast majority of voters still support the proposal (77% support), including majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

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