Claire Cain Miller writes, "Most people say workers should get paid leave to take care of a baby, a sick family member or themselves, according to two new surveys. But they disagree on the details: who should pay, and whether it should be mandatory or optional.
The idea of a federal paid leave policy brings up issues that Americans have complicated feelings about - like government mandates for businesses and gender roles at home - according to the surveys, released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.
This ambivalence helps explain a paradox: why a policy with so much bipartisan support has nonetheless failed to be enacted. The United States is the only industrialized country that doesn't mandate paid leave."