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Americans Support Paid Family Leave

Twenty-five years after the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was enacted, most Americans support expanding the Act to include government-mandated paid family or medical leave for full-time workers, though less than half say they’ve had to take unpaid leave.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of American Adults think the government should require all employers to provide up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for full-time employees, while 29% disagree. Another 17% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 5-6, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 5-6, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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