Polls Indicate Strong Public Support for Paid Sick Days
It’s clear that there’s overwhelming support in North Carolina and around the country for paid sick days legislation. Consider the following recent survey results:
In North Carolina
In April 2008, AARP North Carolina released the results of what it believes is the first comprehensive survey of workers in the state.
The survey of 800 workers age 30-plus confirmed what the NC Paid Sick Days Campaign already knows–that the public wants and needs paid sick days to care for themselves and sick family members.
Here’s what the polling found:
- Broad support for paid sick days: 79% of respondents said employers should be required to provide a minimum number of paid sick days for full-time employees.
- Significant caregiving responsibilities: One in six respondents is currently providing care to a family member or friend
- Employer Accommodation Lacking: Nearly 20% of those caregivers rated their employers as poor or fair in accommodating employees’ caregiving responsibilities
For the full AARP survey, click here.
Around the country:
Nationally, a survey conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago found that:
- Broad public support: 77% of American workers said that having paid sick days is “very important” and 86% think that employers should be required by law to provide them.
- Retaliation common: One of six workers reported that he/she or a family member had been fired, suspended, punished or threatened with being fired for taking time off due to personal illness or to care for a sick child or other relative.
- Paid sick days should be basic standard: At least 80% of respondents rated paid sick days highly as a basic worker’s right and a basic workplace standard. Respondents ranked paid sick days on a par with a minimum wage, overtime pay and family and medical leave.
- Synergy with other states: The results from the national NORC survey are consistent with a series of state polls from California, Connecticut, Maine, and Ohio as well as North Carolina. In these states, polling on support for paid sick days legislation ranged from 66-87% and averaged 79%.
For the full NORC survey, click here.