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New York State citizens support medical aid in dying (MAID) by a 72%-23% margin, according to a new poll released today by YouGov. Every single demographic tested, from age to religion to political affiliation – and including every region of the state – supports the proposed law to give terminally ill patients the right to request and receive medication to peacefully end their life.

Coming just a week after the New York Bar Association endorsed the proposed legislation, this poll showing more than 7 in 10 people support MAID should serve as further proof to the Legislature that now is the time to pass S2445a/A995a, the New York Medical Aid in Dying Act. 

“Especially in these political times, to see such strong support from every single faction of society is remarkable and should be a clear indication to the New York Legislature that now is the time to give dying patients the right to control their own end-of-life decisions,” said Dr. Peg Sandeen, CEO of Death with Dignity. 

Along with the Completed Life Initiative, Death with Dignity commissioned the poll conducted between Jan. 18 and Jan. 31, 2024.

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