69% of Americans Say Fathers Should Have Paid Paternity Leave

All Americans don’t have access to paid family leave, but a new Pew Research Center study shows they want it — for moms and dads.

A Pew survey of U.S. adults published Thursday shows 82% of Americans think mothers should have paid maternity leave and 69% of fathers should have paid paternity leave. Those surveyed who favor paid maternity and paternity leave say moms should receive about 8.6 weeks and dads should have about 4.3 weeks.

The report showed fathers take an average of one week following the birth or adoption of a child and mothers take 11. More than half of those who took leave said they took less than they needed or wanted to.

Younger adults are more in favor of paid paternity leave than seniors, according to the Pew study. Eighty-two percent of people ages 18 to 29 said fathers should receive paid leave compared with 55% of people 65 and older who said the same.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Ashley May