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Three in Four Voters Favor Law to Guarantee Paid Sick Days to All Workers in California

2008 | Download

A statewide survey conducted for PHI's California Center for Research on Women and Families  finds that by a 73% to 23% margin voters would support a law to guarantee that workers receive a minimum number of paid sick days from their employer.

See the press release and view the research summary and graphics. 

In 2008, as paid sick days legislation (AB 2716 – Ma) proceeded through the California State Legislature, we wanted to know: What does the voting public think about this workplace benefit? Do California voters see a public health benefit to paid sick days?

To answer these questions and more, CCRWF commissioned the Field Research Corporation to assess public opinion on paid sick days.

What did we learn?

  • Striking majorities of Californians—across party, demographic, ethnic and economic lines—are concerned that 5.4 million California workers have no paid sick days—and voters support legislation that would guarantee every worker the right to earn paid sick days.
  • Californians not only consider paid sick days a basic worker right, they also agree that paid sick days laws will protect the public’s health.