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.

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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 ClintonDemocrat Katie Porter unseats GOP's Mimi Walters Former Facebook security chief: 'I failed to prepare my employer' on Russian disinformation Rand Paul: Facebook must 'convince conservatives they're not the enemy' MORE and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersAvenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest Sanders rolls out bill aimed at getting Walmart to raise wages Left wants a vote on single-payer bill in new Congress MORE calling for workers to receive at least 12 weeks of parental leave.