Americans Support Physician-Assisted Suicide For Terminally Ill

Voters in Massachusetts were the latest to weigh in on whether it should be legal for doctors to prescribe drugs to help terminally ill patients end their lives.

The measure was controversial, and on Election Day it fell just short.

Before the vote, we wondered how Americans viewed physician-assisted suicide. So we asked in early October.

The results from the latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll show that most Americans favor physician-assisted suicide for people with less than six months to live.

Overall, 55 percent of respondents favored it, and 45 percent were opposed. Those proportions were unchanged from July 2011, when Truven asked the same questions.

Support for the idea varied by age and income.

Fifty-six percent of people 65 and older opposed physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill; 44 percent supported it. Among people younger than 35, the results were reversed: 59 percent for and 41 percent against.

 

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Americans Support Physician-Assisted Suicide For Terminally Ill

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3 Responses to “Americans Support Physician-Assisted Suicide For Terminally Ill”

  1. Finny Says:

    No — I can't believe that.

  2. Jessica Says:

    I think most Americans don't understand the true consequences here.

  3. Sue Says:

    You got it Jessica people don't realize who is making the decisions for the person who will be on his/her way out. Well they will just have to learn the hard way we see life through different eyes. Beware and be aware and good luck to those Americans who support this plan to eliminate targeted people when their time comes to be the one being 'helped' to die = homicide.

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