The latest Siena College poll found a vast majority of New York voters support requiring families to vaccinate their children regardless of whether they have religious objections.
An overwhelming margin — 79 to 18 percent — favor eliminating the religious exemption and requiring all children to be vaccinated before they can attend school, according to the survey of 700 registered voters. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 4.2 percent.
Under state law, children aren't required to be vaccinated if their parents cite religious reasons.
Siena pollster Steve Greenberg highlighted the strong support for ending religious exemptions. Eighty-six percent of Democrats and 76 percent of Republicans endorse requiring children to get vaccinated — with no religious exemptions — before going to school.
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