New Maryland Poll Shows Overwhelming Support 
for Paid Leave

Our statewide Maryland registered voter poll shows extremely strong support for the Paid Family and Medical Leave proposal, with an overwhelming 88% of voters in favor, including 61% of voters who support this proposal strongly.  Only 9% of Maryland voters are opposed.  

We have interviewed a representative sample of 1,077 voters between December 15 and January 10 on wireless and landline telephones and online. This voter sample produces a potential margin of sampling error no greater than ±3.0% at the 95% confidence level.

These other factors emerge from the poll as significant:

·     The pandemic appears to be animating voters and underlining their support for this proposal, as 84% say it is more important than ever for workers to have access to such a leave program during the pandemic.

·     Support crosses party lines, including 94% of Democrats, 77% of Republicans, and 85% of unaffiliated voters.

·     In particular, we see in this poll that the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on women’s ability to remain in the workforce is an extremely motivating factor for voters.

·     Politically, this issue creates a strong net plus for legislative candidates who support it when their opponent is opposed.

·    We also see evidence in the poll that passage of Paid Family and Medical Leave increases the enthusiasm of Democratic voters and makes them more likely to come out to vote this Fall.  It also disproportionately motivates voters who are younger or lower-income, voters of color, and those who are historically less frequent in their voting.

Overall, this is clearly an issue that Marylanders strongly support.  In fact, one could say there is significant urgency behind their support. See the full report here.


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