Poll shows strong support for paid family leave
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A new poll finds the vast majority of Americans age 40 and above support paid family leave.

Seventy-two percent want the mandatory federal leave available to care for a child or a relative to be paid, according to The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey released Friday.

Democrats are more likely to back the initiative than Republicans, according to the poll, which comes as more than a dozen states consider laws regarding paid family leave. Only three states currently have such laws on the books.

"There is a lot of interest and a lot of momentum," Ellen Bravo, executive director of Family Values Work, told the AP. "We hope that over the next five years a critical mass of states will win these policies."

The issue has arisen in the presidential race, with Democratic candidates Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDem targeted by party establishment loses Texas primary Penn to Hewitt: Mueller probe born out of ‘hysteria’ Trump claims a 'spy' on his campaign tried to help 'Crooked Hillary' win MORE and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump claims a 'spy' on his campaign tried to help 'Crooked Hillary' win Rising star Abrams advances in Georgia governor race Webb: Drain the swamp MORE calling for workers to receive at least 12 weeks of parental leave.