A poll of Washington state voters found 73% support the family and medical leave insurance proposal now moving through the state legislature. Only 23% opposed. The poll was conducted February 12-14, 2007 of 600 voters in Washington state by Lake Research Partners.
Responses were to the question: “There is a proposal in the Washington State Legislature for a family leave insurance program that would entitle workers to up to 5 weeks of paid leave if needed to care for a new child or a seriously ill family member, or to recover from their own serious medical condition, with wage replacement at up to $250 per week for a full-time worker. The 5 weeks of paid leave would cover all workers including part-timers and those who work for companies with less than 50 employees. The cost of the insurance would be covered by asking workers to pay premiums in the form of a payroll tax of 3 cents per hour, or about a quarter per day. That is about $60 per year for a full time worker. Based on this description, would you support or oppose this proposal to provide Family Leave Insurance?”
Of employed voters, 62% said they or their spouse had needed to take family or medical leave in the previous 5 years, and 70% thought there was at least a 50/50 chance that they or their spouse would need family or medical leave in the next 5 years.
Strong majorities across demographic groups and regions of the state supported the proposal outlined in the fact sheet.
More To Read
December 7, 2022
The way our state raises money is not fair. A wealth tax would help right that wrong.
November 21, 2022
Register for our Session Kickoff Event Today: January 5th, 2023
November 17, 2022
Elected leaders must make addressing healthcare costs a top priority