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Some workers receive paid leave from their employers when they are sick or injured; when they need to care for a newborn or newly adopted child; or when they need to care for a loved one who is ill, frail, elderly, or has a physical, mental, or emotional disability. However, other workers do not receive paid leave for these types of situations and must instead take time off from work without pay.

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AARP surveyed 1,128 adults ages 50-plus to understand their attitudes about expanding paid leave to more workers. About three-quarters (76%) support ensuring that more workers have access to paid leave, including half who strongly support it. If Congress were to pass a paid leave program, an overwhelming majority (78%) think it should cover workers for the care of both minor children and adult relatives or friends.

Interviews were conducted from between August 17–21, 2023 among 1,128 U.S. adults age 50-plus in the Foresight 50+ Omnibus. Funded and operated by NORC at the University of Chicago, Foresight 50+ is a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. household population age 50 or older. Interviews were conducted online and via phone. All data are weighted by age, sex, education, race/ethnicity, region, and AARP membership.

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