RELEASE: Minnesota Voters Overwhelmingly Support Paid Sick Days, Survey Finds

Poll also finds support for candidates who emphasize women’s economic security issues

Washington, D.C. — A new poll finds Minnesota voters overwhelmingly support policies that promote economic security among women and working families, with more than 7 in 10 voters expressing support for paid sick days.

The poll—conducted by Public Policy Polling and commissioned by the Center for American Progress Action Fund—found broad support for paid sick days across party affiliation, gender, race and ethnicity, and age. Among its key findings, the poll shows that a majority of Minnesota Republicans support paid sick days, with 58 percent expressing support, while 26 percent oppose it—a 32 percentage point gap. Meanwhile, 92 percent of Minnesota Democrats and 61 percent of Minnesota voters who identify as independent/other expressed support for paid sick days.

The poll also finds that Minnesota voters are more likely to support candidates who emphasized women’s economic security.

“Regardless of party affiliation, gender, race, or age, Minnesota voters across the spectrum understand that policies that promote women’s economic security help all working families get ahead,” said Allison Zelman, Managing Director of the Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. “Access to paid sick days is not a women’s issue; it is a working families’ issue, and voters in Minnesota strongly back policies that provide workers with the support needed to care for themselves or sick family members.”

“It’s clear that paid sick leave isn’t a partisan issue but a family issue that enjoys strong support from Minnesota voters across the state, including Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike,” said Greta Bergstrom, Communications Director for TakeAction Minnesota. “It’s time Minnesota lawmakers responded in kind, by passing earned sick days legislation that ensures hardworking Minnesotans can take the time they need to care for themselves or a sick loved one without fear of losing a paycheck or their job.”

In addition to strong support across party lines, the poll also finds paid sick days are widely supported among all demographics:

  • By both men and women: 67 percent of Minnesota men expressed support for paid sick days, while only 20 percent said they opposed such policies. More than three in four women said they support paid sick days, while 15 percent expressed opposition.
  • Across all voting-age populations: Voters across all age ranges expressed strong support for paid sick days, with 62 percent of 18 to 29 year olds, 69 percent of 30 to 45 year olds, 73 percent of 46 to 65 year olds, and 76 percent of voters older than 65 expressing their support.
  • Across racial demographics: The poll finds broad support across racial demographics, with 72 percent of white voters and 71 percent of voters who identified as “other” indicating support for paid sick days.

The poll results can be viewed here.

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