In August 2015, Anzalone Liszt Grove conducted a nationwide poll of likely 2016 voters for Make It Work[1]. That poll – which focused on workplace issues broadly, as well as child care access specifically – finds Americans are frustrated that hardworking families are struggling so much to get by. Voters believe that we deserve more and are eager for policies that make life better for working families.

 

KEY FINDINGS:

There is broad, bipartisan support for Make It Work policy solutions. Three-quarters (75%) of voters support a plan that would expand access to affordable, quality child care, strengthen equal pay laws, create a paid family and medical leave program, ensure paid sick days, and raise the minimum wage. Majority support for the plan extends across age, gender, racial, partisan, and income lines, including 57% of Republicans and 68% of Independents who favor the plan.

 

Candidates who support this plan stand to gain. A majority of voters (56%) said they would be more likely to support a candidate who favored the five-point plan. This is particularly true among Democrats (81% more likely) but also among more swing audiences, such as young Republicans (50%), young Independents (61%), and non-college women (55%).

Voters believe these issues are important enough to personally advocate for. A majority (55%) of voters say they are likely to advocate in some way for these issues and candidates who support them. Interestingly, young men (67% likely) are among the most likely to say they want to get involved.

 

People of color, unmarried women and millennials are among the most enthusiastic for these policies. More than 8 in 10 (84%) members of the New American Majority support the Make It Work policy solutions. Not only are they overwhelmingly supportive of the plan, but also they are more likely than voters overall to say it is a vote determinant. Almost 7 in 10 (68%) agree it would make them more likely to vote for a candidate who supported the plan, while 64% say they are likely to get involved in advocating for these policies.

 

Widespread agreement that child care is too expensive. Overall, 62% of voters believe that child care is not affordable, versus only 5% who think it is relatively inexpensive, and 20% who say costs are about the right amount compared to other weekly expenses. There is surprisingly little disagreement on this between income levels (65% of those who live in households that earn less than $50k agree it is not affordable, compared to 61% of those in households that earn more than $50k). Women, regardless of parental status, are more likely to find child care unaffordable.

 

There is an appetite for the government and employers to play a role in ensuring access to child care. Sizable percentages of voters believe the government (47%) and employers (42%) have a role in making child care affordable for parents, in addition to parents themselves (54%). Democrats (66%) are most likely to believe the government has a role in the form of subsidies or tax breaks, while union households (56%) are most likely to believe employers should play a role.

 

Not only are likely voters incredibly supportive of this package of policies, but they also say that candidates’ stances on these issues would affect their vote.

[1] Anzalone Liszt Grove conducted an online survey of 809 likely 2016 voters nationwide August 6-11, 2015. The survey included an oversample of 209 members of the New American Majority (people aged 18-34, people of color, and unmarried women). Because the survey was conducted online, all respondents owned a computer and had internet access.

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