US: The Sick Should Die

When a person has a disease that cannot be cured, do you think doctors should be allowed by law to end the patient’s life by some painless means if the patient and his family request it?

May 2007 May 2006 May 2005
Yes 71% 69% 75%
No 27% 27% 24%
No opinion 2% 4% 1%

When a person has a disease that cannot be cured and is living in severe pain, do you think doctors should or should not be allowed by law to assist the patient to commit suicide if the patient requests it?

May 2007 May 2006 May 2005
Should 56% 64% 58%
Should not 38% 31% 39%
No opinion 6% 5% 3%

Source: Gallup / USA Today
Methodology: Telephone interviews to 500 American adults (First Question) and 503 American adults (Second Question), conducted from May 10 to May 13, 2007. Margin of error is 5 per cent.

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