The Vermont Paid Sick Days Coalition commissioned the Center for Rural Studies at UVM to conduct a statewide telephone survey on paid sick days. Registered voters were asked about their support of a paid sick days standard for all working Vermonters and the prospect of legislation in Vermont. Both employees and employers were represented. The survey found that:
More than three-quarters of Vermonters want the Legislature to create a workplace standard. This overwhelming support cuts across the political spectrum: 69% of Republicans, 75% of Independents, and 87% of Democrats.
71% of employers and self-employed support legislation.
51% of workers making under $25,000 and 43.9% of part-time workers do not have any paid sick days. Low-wage and under-employed workers are the least able to lose pay when sick, but they are the most likely to be without paid sick time.