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A WV Free survey found that 70 percent of likely voters in West Virginia strongly support paid parental leave.

Polling results released Monday by the reproductive rights organization show that 15 percent of those polled were strongly opposed to paid leave for parents to care for a newborn child or recover from a serious illness.

The survey found that 72 percent of respondents strongly or somewhat agreed that all medical decisions, including those about abortion care, should be made in a healthcare setting between a board-certified practitioner and patient.

About 55 percent strongly agreed while about 17 percent somewhat agreed.

It found that 59 percent of respondents support Medicaid’s comprehensive coverage of reproductive health services, including abortion and maternity care. Forty percent of respondents were strongly supportive, 19 percent were somewhat supportive, and 34 percent were strongly or somewhat opposed.

WV Free, a nonprofit women’s health advocacy organization, commissioned Rainmaker, Inc. to conduct the statewide survey of West Virginia likely voters.

The interviews were conducted by Gravis, a data harvesting firm, from July 13-17.

There were 387 likely voters surveyed creating a margin of error of approximately 5 percent.

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