PORTLAND — Fair Shot for All, a coalition of Oregon labor and human-rights groups, on Wednesday released the results of two recent polls demonstrating strong support among likely voters both nationwide and in Oregon for policies that provide real opportunity for working families.
A national poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners, found overwhelming support across age, gender and party lines among likely voters for paid sick days, equal pay for equal work and other policies that are necessary for today’s workforce to thrive.
The survey of 800 likely 2016 voters was conducted January 12-14.
Eighty-eight percent of all voters, 74 percent of Republicans and 96 percent of independents supported ensuring all workers earn paid sick days.
By more than 2:1, voters favor state-level action on work/family policies if the federal government fails to act.
An Oregon poll, conducted by GBA Strategies, found clear support among Oregon voters for proposals that support working families.
That survey, conducted by phone December 3-8 with a statistically representative sample of 1,000 likely Oregon voters, found that by a 16-point margin, a majority of Oregonians support raising the minimum wage to $15.
Sixty-seven percent of Oregon voters, including a majority of Republican voters and at least 65 percent of likely voters in every region of the state, support requiring all employers in Oregon to provide seven paid sick days to their employees.
Seventy-nine percent of likely Oregon voters favor a voluntary retirement system for workers who do not have a pension or other employer-sponsored retirement account.
Priorities of Fair Shot for All include
- Raising the minimum wage
- Ensuring all Oregonians earn paid sick days
- Ending profiling
- Making saving for retirement easier
- Creating opportunities for people with prior convictions and arrests to find work
Fair Shot for All includes Family Forward Oregon, SEIU, the Urban League of Portland, Oregon AFL-CIO, Center for Intercultural Organizing, Oregon Education Association, CAUSA, Basic Rights Oregon, PCUN, UFCW, Rural Organizing Project, AFSCME, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Oregon Action, and an ever-growing coalition from across Oregon.
To learn more, visit www.fairshotoregon.org.