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September 6, 2023

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Majority of Michiganders Support Paid Family and Medical Leave Proposal in What’s Next Address

Majority of Michiganders support paid family and medical leave so workers can spend time with their newborn, care for a sick parent, or get better after a serious medical procedure


LANSING, Mich. — A majority of Michiganders support the paid family and medical leave proposal in the ‘What’s Next Address,’ a speech Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered on August 30 to lay out top legislative priorities for the fall and beyond. Paid family and medical leave ensures workers can be there for their families. It helps people bond with their babies, care for an aging parent, or get better after a serious medical procedure.


Paid Family and Medical Leave

Too many Michiganders cannot be there for their families without sacrificing a paycheck. No one should have to choose between their health, their newborn, or a sick relative and paying the bills and putting food on the table.

  • What’s next: Enact paid leave so people have breathing room to get better when they’re sick, bond with their newborn, or care for an aging or ill family member. Helps small businesses compete for talent with larger companies who can offer paid leave.


What do Michiganders think?

  • A Pew Research survey from May 2023 found that 99% of Americans said spending time with family is one of the most important things (73%), very important (18%), or somewhat important (8%).
  • Michiganders have been in support of paid leave for years. In 2015, a poll from Denno Research found 86% of Michiganders support paid sick time.
  • Nationally, paid family and medical leave has strong, bipartisan support that has held steady for years.
  • Data for Progress poll in February 2023 found that 79% of American support paid family and medical leave, including 74% of Independents and 72% of Republicans.
  • Navigator Research poll in September 2022 found that 80% of Americans support paid family and medical leave, including 76% of Independents and 70% of Republicans.