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WEA Poll Released June 2014

WEA Poll Released June 2014

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New Poll: Women’s Equality Act
 Not Controversial Among Voters
 Majorities Support, Including Abortion Rights Protections
 June 10, 2014 -
The National Institute for Reproductive Health commissioned PerryUndem Research/Communication to conduct a statewide survey of voters on their
views toward the Women’s Equality Act. The survey gauged support for individual
proposals, such as having stronger laws to ensure equal pay for equal work, protecting a
woman’s right to decide to have an abortion
, and strengthening human trafficking laws. The poll found majorities of support for the Act, and a 50-point margin for including abortion protections in the Act versus excluding them. A majority of voters say they would feel disappointed
 and a third would be angry
 if the New York State Senate does not pass this plan before ending their session. The survey was conducted among n = 802 registered voters statewide from May 20 to 26, 2014. The survey was administered by telephone including landlines and cell phones. The margin of sampling error is + 3.5 percentage points. Key findings include:
 
The Women’s Equality Act is not controversial among voters –
 large majorities (84 percent) support the Act after hearing a series of proposals included in the Act.
 
Support
for the Women’s Equality Act crosses all demographic segments, party
affiliations, and regions of the state.
 
New York is a pro-choice state; most voters support
Roe v. Wade
 (78 percent). Therefore, it is not surprising that 77 percent of voters support the specific point in the 10-
point plan that protects a woman’s right
 to have an abortion.
 
 
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By a 50-point margin, voters side with elected officials who want to pass the 10-
point plan that includes protecting a woman’s right to have an abortion
compared to elected officials who want to take out this protection and pass a 9-point plan (73 percent vs. 23 percent).
 
The
Women’s Equality Act
 appears to be a voting issue. Sixty-eight percent of voters say they would be more likely to vote to re-elect their elected official if he or she supported the 10-
point Women’s Equality Act (vs. 20 percent who say less
likely to vote to re-elect). Only nine percent says this issue would not make a difference in their vote.
 
When asked how they would feel if the New York State Senate did not pass the
Women’s Equality Act before ending the session in Jun
e, a majority of voters (63 percent)
say they would be “disappointed,” followed by one
-third (34 percent)
saying “angry.”
 Following are detailed findings.
 
 
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Detailed Findings
Voters support the key provisions of
the Women’s Equality Act.
Respondents were presented with a series of the most well-known
proposals included in the Women’s
Equality Act. Every proposal garners a majority of support across voters
 with most voters expressing strong support. (See Table 1.)
Table 1: Reactions to Proposals in the Women’s Equality Act
 
Here are some ideas in the
Governor’s Women’s Equality Act.
This is a 10-point plan for removing legal barriers that get in the way of equal opportunities for women. Tell me if you would support or oppose each idea.
Total Supp Strngly Supp Smwt Supp Smwt Opp Strngly Opp DK
Having stronger laws to ensure equal pay for equal work 94 77 17 2 3 1 Making sure employers make reasonable accommodations for their pregnant employees, like to take extra bathroom breaks or sit during their shift if needed 91 70 21 4 4 2 Ending housing discrimination against domestic violence victims 87 71 16 5 3 5 Ending job discrimination against women who are caring for children at home 87 70 17 6 4 3 Strengthening human trafficking laws that currently punish the victims more than the traffickers and buyers 77 66 11 5 12 6
Protecting a woman’s right to
decide to have an abortion as it was decided in the landmark case of 
 Roe v. Wade
 77 61 16 4 14 4 Ending landlord discrimination against tenants who receive Section 8, most of whom are women 76 51 25 6 8 9

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