Poll Results: Parental Leave

These are the topline results of a YouGov/Huffington Post survey of 1000 US adults interviewed November 24-30, 2015 on parental leave. The margin of error is 4.1%.

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Do you think that companies should be required to offer paid maternity leave to their female employees?
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69%
No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12%

Do you think that companies should be required to offer paid paternity leave to their male employees?
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49%
No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15%

If a company chooses to offer both maternity and paternity leave, do you think it should:
Give new mothers longer leave time than new fathers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50%
Give new mothers and new fathers equally long leave time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40%
Give new fathers longer leave time than new mothers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9%

If they were free financially to choose, what do you think most women who work outside the home would prefer to do after having a baby?
Not take any maternity leave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1%
Take 12 weeks or less of maternity leave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24%
Take more than 12 weeks of maternity leave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46%
Leave their job permanently . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10%

If they were free financially to choose, what do you think most men who work outside the home would prefer to do after having a baby?
Not take any paternity leave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21%
Take 12 weeks or less of paternity leave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50%
Take more than 12 weeks of paternity leave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13%
Leave their job permanently . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14%

Would you think more or less highly of a man who chose to take twelve weeks of paternity leave from his job after the birth of his child?
More highly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24%
Less highly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14%
It wouldn’t affect my views of him . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8%