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2016 AARP Survey of Connecticut Registered Voters: Support for Family Medical Leave for Working Caregivers

Registered voters in Connecticut clearly support a state plan that will allow employees to contribute to and access a limited amount of paid time off work when the individual is recovering from a serious medical emergency or caring for someone who is recovering from a serious medical condition.

Registered voters in Connecticut also show support for a candidate for state elections who would work to implement a paid family leave plan that includes working caregivers.

Key findings include:

  • Eighty-two percent (82%) of registered voters support an FMLA initiative to provide workers with caregiving time off with two in three (64%) showing strong support.

  • A strong majority (73%) of voters age 45-plus would support the candidate for state elections, with half who would strongly support.

  • Nearly half (46%) of registered voters in Connecticut ages 45 and older say they are currently providing or have provided unpaid caregiving to an adult loved one.  And among them, two in three (63%) say they have been employed either full or part time while providing that care.

AARP Connecticut commissioned a telephone survey of 1,000 Connecticut registered voters age 25-plus to gauge their experience and opinions about their community and providing care for a loved one.  Survey interviews were conducted from March 28 to April 4, 2016.  The data in this report has been weighted by age and gender to reflect the Connecticut registered voter population age 25-plus.  For more information contact Jennifer Sauer at JSauer@aarp.org.

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