SHOWS STRONG AMERICAN SUPPORT FOR A PAID VACATION LAW
A new poll finds that more than two-thirds of Americans
support a law that would guarantee paid vacations for workers.
The poll found 69% of Americans saying they would support a paid
vacation law, with the largest percentage of respondents favoring a law
guaranteeing three weeks vacation or more.
Take Back Your Time advocates a three-week paid vacation law.
Americans under 35 (83%), African-Americans (89%)
Hispanic-Americans (82%) and low-income Americans (82%) were the strongest
supporters of such a law, as were residents of the Northeast (75%) and the
75% of women and 63% of men support a paid vacation
law. 74% of families with
children support such a law. Every demographic showed majority support for a
Overall, only 27% of those polled were opposed to a
paid vacation law.
The demographically scientific telephone sample of
1,002 Americans was conducted by
The Opinion Research Corporation,
a leading professional pollster, during the week of June 23, 2008.
NOT ENOUGH TIME
OFF TO AVOID BURNOUT
were asked how many weeks of vacation they need to prevent burnout on the
job. 52% said they need three
weeks or more and 82% said they needed at least two weeks.
But the survey showed that among
working Americans, 28% took no vacation time at all last year, half took a week or less and
two-thirds got less than two weeks off.
The median for all workers
was 8.2 days of vacation, far below what most workers believe they need.
work-life is out of balance and this poll shows people know it,” said Cecile Andrews,
chair of the Take Back Your Time board.
“The only difference between dinosaurs and American
vacations is that dinosaurs are already extinct.
We are losing the breaks we need to stay healthy, avoid stress and
bond with our families.
It’s certainly a shame that neither
Presidential candidate has addressed this issue.
Maybe this poll will get them to take notice.”
“Vacations are so important for family bonding,” said
William Doherty, professor of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota.
“Some of the strongest memories from childhood involve family vacations.
And yet, far fewer families are taking them now.”
EPIDEMIC SPREADING THROUGHOUT THE
UNITED STATES: IRRITABLE GROWL SYNDROME
“Take Back Your Time’s
medical team has discovered a new
disease that has rapidly been spreading throughout the US in recent
years,” said Executive Director John de Graaf.
“Ever notice that people seem crankier, there’s lots of road rage,
we’re all impatient? Do you feel
like screaming at your computer to hurry up sometimes?
Nerves frazzled by overwork and constant rushing lead to angry snarls.
We call it ‘Irritable Growl Syndrome.’
It’s definitely hard on Americans’ health and there’s no pill to cure it.
Our workers need a real ‘pause that refreshes,’ and the most
promising is more vacation time.
to unwind from the ever-increasing stresses of the workplace.”
Take Back Your
Time believes that the lack of vacation time in the United States is a serious problem,
as the new poll indicates. A law
guaranteeing paid vacations would allow us to catch up to other nations (for
example, every European worker
gets a minimum of four weeks paid vacation).
It would lead to higher hourly productivity and reduce the escalating
cost of health care, by making all Americans
healthier. It’s not rocket
science; it’s common sense. Every other wealthy country in the world
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