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  1. 1. Paid Family Leave Gains Momentum Wide support now seen across income, gender, and party, with sharp increase in support among Republicans. Findings from The Unheard Third 2015. October 5, 2015 Nancy Rankin Vice President for Policy Research and Advocacy
  2. 2. Q: 2 Paid family leave is an idea whose time has come. Since we asked this question in 2005, overall support has grown from 76% to 86%, and the intensity of support has skyrocketed. Now nearly 3 out of 4 New Yorkers strongly favor it. Employees in New York State are currently covered by a state disability insurance program that replaces some lost wages when someone is temporarily out of work because of a disability. Would you favor or oppose modernizing this insurance to provide up to 12 weeks in a year of paid family leave to a worker who needs time to care for a new baby or seriously ill family member, like an aging parent? Paid Family Leave 5% 7% 6% 6% 6% 6% 6% 7% 13% 10% 10% 10% 11% 15% 77% 69% 71% 76% 73% 67% 42% 89% 83% 85% 87% 86% 84% 76% -30% -20% -10% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Women Men Mod-High Income Low Income Total Total Total Strongly oppose Not so strongly oppose Strongly favor Not so strongly favor 2005 2014 2015
  3. 3. Q: 3 Paid Family Leave has become a bi-partisan issue; with sharpest gains in support coming among Republicans; 58% of whom now strongly favor proposed state legislation. Employees in New York State are currently covered by a state disability insurance program that replaces some lost wages when someone is temporarily out of work because of a disability. Would you favor or oppose modernizing this insurance to provide up to 12 weeks in a year of paid family leave to a worker who needs time to care for a new baby or seriously ill family member, like an aging parent? Paid Family Leave 15% 15% 2% 4% 6% 6% 20% 28% 6% 8% 10% 11% 58% 45% 81% 74% 73% 67% 74% 65% 92% 89% 86% 84% -60% -50% -40% -30% -20% -10% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Republicans Democrats Total Strongly oppose Not so strongly oppose Strongly favor Not so strongly favor 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015
  4. 4. Q: 4 Pointing out that employees would pay for family leave insurance causes only a slight drop-off in support. Even if it meant up to $1 a week from their paychecks, 8 out of 10 New Yorkers favor the proposal and strong support shows a leap from 2005. Employees in New York State are currently covered by a state disability insurance program that replaces some lost wages when someone is temporarily out of work because of a disability. Would you favor or oppose modernizing this insurance to provide up to 12 weeks in a year of paid family leave to a worker who needs time to care for a new baby or seriously ill family member, like an aging parent, if it meant up to a dollar a week would be deducted from your paycheck? Paid Family Leave 8% 6% 6% 9% 7% 10% 9% 13% 13% 13% 14% 13% 17% 21% 67% 65% 67% 64% 66% 62% 39% 80% 82% 82% 79% 81% 79% 69% -30% -20% -10% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Women Men Mod-High Income Low Income Total Total Total Strongly oppose Not so strongly oppose Strongly favor Not so strongly favor 2005 2014 2015
  5. 5. Q: 5 Support for paid family leave stays strong across party lines when including a paycheck deduction of up to $1 a week. Employees in New York State are currently covered by a state disability insurance program that replaces some lost wages when someone is temporarily out of work because of a disability. Would you favor or oppose modernizing this insurance to provide up to 12 weeks in a year of paid family leave to a worker who needs time to care for a new baby or seriously ill family member, like an aging parent, if it meant up to a dollar a week would be deducted from your paycheck? Paid Family Leave 11% 25% 4% 7% 7% 10% 16% 33% 9% 14% 13% 17% 61% 45% 71% 68% 66% 62% 80% 60% 86% 85% 81% 79% -60% -50% -40% -30% -20% -10% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Republicans Democrats Total Strongly oppose Not so strongly oppose Strongly favor Not so strongly favor 2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015
  6. 6. How the survey was conducted The Unheard Third 2015 is based on a scientific survey of 1,705 New York City adults conducted for CSS by Lake Research. Respondents were reached by telephone using land lines and cell phones. The survey was fielded July 19 through August 17, 2015. The margin of error is +/- 2.37 percentage points for the total sample, +/- 3 percentage points for the low-income sample of 1,052 respondents with incomes below twice the federal poverty level and +/- 3.8 percentage points for the moderate and high income sample of 653 respondents. When reporting the findings for the total sample, the low-income respondents are weighted down to their actual proportion of the population.

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