A new poll has found that more than nine in 10 Democratic voters in Nevada support a national paid family and medical leave policy.
In total, 75 percent of such voters reported that a paid parental, family and medical leave proposal is either important or very important to them personally. They also overwhelmingly said that they would be either more likely (38 percent) or much more likely (48 percent) to support a Democratic presidential nominee who supports such a policy.
The poll, conducted by GBAO Strategies on behalf of the advocacy group Paid Leave for the U.S. (PL+US), surveyed 400 likely Democratic primary voters in Nevada via landlines and cell phones between April 1 and 8. The Nevada sampling was part of an overall poll of 1,600 likely Democratic primary voters in four early primary states. The overall survey has a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.
The poll found that nearly 47 percent of Nevada respondents said that they or an immediate family member have had to take an unpaid leave from a job to deal with family or medical issues and, of those, 74 percent suffered financial hardship, including 35 percent who reported suffering a “great deal” of hardship. The top reasons for taking unpaid leave included serious illness, injury or surgery (57 percent), a seriously ill or elderly relative (49 percent), a new child (34 percent) and a deployment or injury of a military service member (23 percent.)
The survey also identified the top presidential qualities that likely Democratic voters in Nevada are looking for: strong leader (42 percent), fights for change (35 percent), shares their values (33 percent), cares about people like them (31 percent), pro-family (30 percent), and good for the economy (22 percent).
Sixty-five percent of Nevada respondents also said that they would be likely to volunteer for a candidate who makes paid family and medical leave a top priority, including 22 percent who said they would be “very likely” to do so.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a 2020 Democratic presidential contender, reintroduced the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act in February, which would create a national paid family and medical leave program. Other Democratic presidential hopefuls have expressed their support for such a proposal including Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker, former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Nevada lawmakers also approved a measure this session to require private employers to offer paid leave to their workers. Workers would be allowed to accrue 0.01923 hours of paid leave for each hour of work performed, which amounts to about 40 hours of paid leave a year for a worker who is working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year. The bill, SB312, cleared the Senate unanimously last month and the Assembly 31-9 on Tuesday and will soon head to Gov. Steve Sisolak’s desk.