Should a man take paternity leave instead of a woman?

Should a man take paternity leave instead of a woman?

From next April, maternity leave can be transferred to men for the first time (or the other partner in a gay relationship - see here for more info). We thought we’d test how desired this actually is.

So please choose the option closest to how you would WANT to do things in your case:

Results

I’m a straight man/ man in a relationship with a woman (1594 votes)
I would want to take the full leave entitlement instead of my partner 92 votes (6%)
I’d want to split it roughly evenly 595 votes (37%)
I’d want my partner to take the full leave 907 votes (57%)
I’m a straight woman/ woman in a relationship with a man (2483 votes)
I would want to take the full leave entitlement instead of my partner 1562 votes (63%)
I’d want to split it roughly evenly 827 votes (33%)
I’d want my partner to take the full leave 94 votes (4%)
I’m a gay man/ man in a same-sex relationship (111 votes)
I would want to take the full leave entitlement instead of my partner 14 votes (13%)
I’d want to split it roughly evenly 84 votes (76%)
I’d want my partner to take the full leave 13 votes (12%)
I’m a gay woman/ woman in a same-sex relationship (93 votes)
I would want to take the full leave entitlement instead of my partner 14 votes (15%)
I’d want to split it roughly evenly 73 votes (78%)
I’d want my partner to take the full leave 6 votes (6%)

                   4,281 votes received.

Note: Of course the 'which gender should look after the baby' question doesn't really apply to gay relationships. Yet we thought it would be an interesting answer as a control group - in other words, showing how much of this is just "I'd prefer to do it" or "I'd prefer not to do it".

We try to use technology to limit voting to one per person. Occasionally, this may erroneously block a few people's votes (eg, from shared offices). Apologies for that.