Voters Support Economic Justice Policies

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The results of a national survey commissioned by American Women, the National Partnership for Women & Families and the Rockefeller Family Fund find significant and widespread public support for policies that help families achieve and maintain economic security.

Broad majorities of likely 2014 voters favor policies that help families get ahead, including raising the minimum wage, making it harder to pay women employees less than men for similar work, guarantee workers the flexibility of paid sick time and create a national paid family and medical leave insurance program.

Voters are willing to go one step further, saying they are more likely to elect candidates for office who stand behind policies that have a direct impact on working families. Sixty percent (60%) of voters are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports fair pay for women, a higher minimum wage, paid family and medical leave and paid sick days.

Moreover, sixty percent (60%) of voters believe these policies would make women and families more secure. Nearly half (49%) believe that the wage gap (women being paid $0.77 on the dollar compared to men) has a major impact on the U.S. economy as a whole. Voters also believe women are experiencing discrimination in the workplace and want to end it.  They

strongly support measures that would close the wage gap between men and women, including the Paycheck Fairness Act.

The following are key findings from a national survey of N=1000 likely 2014 voters conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research and The Feldman Group, Inc. The survey also included an oversample of N=200 Latino likely voters living in Florida.

Voters believe that women have a harder time getting ahead in the workplace.

Voters from nearly every demographic group support a plan to help families get ahead financially and are willing to cast votes for elected officials based on it.

Voters express strong support for all measures tested to close the wage gap between men and women

Please tell me whether you favor or oppose the following proposals as a way of closing the wage gap between working men and women.



(favor – oppose)



Provide access to affordable child care so fewer women feel the need to leave the workplace

72% - 21%

68% - 24%

75% - 18%

End gender discrimination like paying women less than men for the same work

68% - 24%

64% - 26%

72% - 23%

Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would make it harder for employers to pay workers different wages for the same work

65% - 28%

58% - 35%

71% - 22%

Increase the minimum wage to ten dollars and ten cents an hour, because more than two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women and this would help close the wage gap

62% - 34%

55% - 41%

67% - 27%

Increase the minimum wage to ten dollars and ten cents an hour

60% - 34%

52% - 44%

68% - 25%


Specific policies like the Paycheck Fairness Act and the national paid family and medical leave insurance proposal (FAMILY Act) are popular across nearly every demographic group and voters will use them as vote-determining issues.

Appendix A: Support for Paycheck Fairness and FAMILY Act by key demographic


Paycheck Fairness

(favor – oppose)


(favor – oppose)


62% - 29%

63% - 29%


57% - 35%

56% - 36%


66% - 25%

69% - 23%


60% - 31%

59% - 32%

African Americans

78% - 17%

88% - 5%


66% - 21%

72% - 23%

Hispanics in Florida

72% - 20%

85% - 11%

Under 50 years old

63% - 29%

66% - 29%


61% - 29%

61% - 29%


63% - 28%

66% - 27%


60% - 32%

60% - 32%


83% - 11%

85% - 10%


44% - 45%

47% - 48%


58% - 34%

54% - 34%

[1] Congress is considering a new law called the Paycheck Fairness Act that would make it harder for employers to pay different wages for the same work. The law provides women more tools to get fair pay in the workplace and support working women and their families. The law will also prevents employers from penalizing employees who share their pay information, which will make it easier for employees to identify discriminatory pay practices. Do you favor or oppose the law you just heard about?


[2] Congress is considering a new law that would guarantee all workers a portion of their usual pay when they need to take time from their job to treat their own serious health problem, care for a family member with a serious health problem or care for a new baby. This new paid family and medical leave program would be funded through employer and employee payroll contributions of about a dollar fifty per week each for the average worker. Do you favor or oppose the law you just heard about?

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