For Father's Day 2019, Paid Leave for the U.S. (PL+US) has released new polling of working dads across the U.S.
New polling data clearly show that dads across the U.S. want and need better paid family leave. There is a major disconnect between what dads want and need, and what major employers provide.
Key results from the poll include:
84% of expecting fathers plan to take leave, but only half believe their employer supports them — and nearly a third of dads think that taking leave could negatively impact their career.
The demand for paternity leave is growing. When comparing fathers who are currently expecting babies to those who became fathers within the last 5 years, soon-to-be-dads reported that they are more likely to take leave as well as planning to take longer leaves (and 1 in 5 soon-to-be dads plans to take two months of paternity leave or more).
Fathers at all income levels are more likely to be interested in working for a company that offers paid leave. 2 out of 3 fathers surveyed said paid leave benefits would increase their interest in working for a company (67%).
82% of dads surveyed want to equally share in the responsibility of parenting.
Thank you to the Women Effect Fund for their support of this work.