Oregon minimum wage, paid sick day advocates say poll findings support their causes

A coalition of Oregon community and labor groups seeking a higher minimum wage and mandatory paid sick days for workers on Wednesday released the results of two recent polls showing broad support for those and other proposals.

Fair Shot for All, a new coalition launched earlier this month, cited the poll findings as evidence that Oregon voters agree legislative changes are needed to help working families share in the economic recovery.

One national poll of 800 likely voters, conducted by phone Jan. 12-14, found overwhelming support across age, gender and party lines for paid sick days.

  • 88 percent of those voters – including 74 percent of Republicans and 96 percent of independents – said they support ensuring all workers earn paid sick days to care for themselves or family members.
  • 79 percent – including 61 percent of Republicans and 76 percent of Democrats – said they support requiring employers provide paid sick days.
  • By more than a 2-to-1 ratio – 60 percent in support, 26 percent opposed – these voters said they favor state-level action on work/family policies if the federal government fails to act.
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