New public opinion survey results released today show strong support for new national policies that support working families. Arizona is one of the states with the strongest support for these policies with a whopping 75 percent of those polled supporting national paid sick days. 65 Percent of those polled also support the minimum wage and paid sick days ballot measure that will be on Arizona’s November ballot. The Arizona Healthy Working Families campaign would gradually increase the state’s minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020 and allow Arizonans to earn up to five paid sick days to address their own or a family member’s health needs, recover from a routine illness or care for a sick child or family member.
Lauren Kuby, City Council member in Tempe, Arizona said, “Worker protections, including a fair wage and earned sick days, raise the quality of life in our community and make it a more desirable place to live and work and run a business.”
“These results are great news for our campaign, but more importantly great for Arizona working families. No one who works 40 hours a week or multiple jobs should still live in poverty. Hard work deserves to be fairly rewarded with a livable wage and the ability to take paid time off when workers get sick or need to care for an ailing family member. Despite some saying our ballot measure is too much, too fast, it’s very clear that Arizona voters strongly agree it’s time for this to happen,” said Tomas Robles, Deputy Campaign Manager for the campaign.
Kathy Ortega, a fast food worker at a Tucson Mcdonalds, is glad that paid sick days are getting strong support. “I suffer from chronic asthma and when I get an attack I should be home getting better, not putting customers and co-workers at risk. But I have a family of seven that depends on me taking home a paycheck. That’s why I’m fighting for earned, paid sick days in Arizona. It won’t just benefit me, its impact is going to be felt in our entire community. No one living in America should have to worry about losing their jobs or being punished because they’re sick. We can do better than that.”
By a nearly two-to-one margin, 61 percent of voters in the 15 states that were polled—the majority of which are the expected presidential battleground states in the upcoming election—support the creation of a national paid family and medical leave fund, 69 percent support a paid sick days law and 57 percent support increasing access to high-quality affordable child care. Commissioned by the 15 national organizations that make up the Work Family Strategy Council, these new results provide further evidence of the strong public demand for policies that help people manage family and work responsibilities.
ARIZONA RESULTS can be found here.
Surveys were conducted among 9,611 registered voters between July 7-10 in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin and the results were aggregated and averaged across the states. Key findings from the aggregated data include:
- Voters across states say they favor a law that would create a national paid family and medical leave fund: 61 percent say they favor such a law, 44 percent say they strongly favor one, and only 34 percent express any opposition.
- Voters across the country say they would be more likely to vote for an elected official or candidate who supports creating a paid family and medical leave fund.
- Voters also strongly support a national paid sick days standard and increased access to high-quality, affordable child care: 69 percent say they favor a law that would guarantee all workers the right to earn paid sick days from their employers; only 28 percent express opposition.
Despite the nearly universal challenges people face in managing the demands of job and family, only 12 percent of private sector workers in the United States have access to paid family leave through their employers, and only 61 percent have access to paid sick days. For lower-wage workers, access to paid time off to use for family and medical needs is even rarer. The new data suggest voters strongly favor changing these realities.