Nearly two-thirds of Californian voters would support a death-with-dignity measure that would give a mentally competent, terminally ill adult the right to request and receive a prescription for life-ending medication from a physician, a poll released today reveals. This medical practice is called aid in dying.
- There is majority support for death-with-dignity legislation across nearly every demographic subgroup, including men, women, older voters, younger voters, whites and Latinos.
- There is strong support across the political spectrum, with Democrats (75%), Independents (59%) and Republicans (53%) all expressing majority support for such a law.
- The majority of voters surveyed strongly agreed with statements in support of death with dignity. For example, over two-thirds of voters (68%)—including 71 percent of Republicans— strongly agreed that the government has no right to make decisions for them if they are terminally ill. A similar proportion (67%) strongly agree that if they are terminally ill, the decision about whether or not they end their life should be up to them and their family, under a doctor's care.
SOURCE Compassion & Choices
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