Euthanasia

Sep 27, 2010

Q. 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?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Green


Should be allowed 69% 69% 69% 86%
Should not be allowed 14% 14% 16% 7%
Don’t know 17% 17% 15% 7%

69% of people think that that doctors should be allowed by law to assist a patient commit suicide.

86% of Green voters that doctors should be allowed by law to assist a patient commit suicide. 69% of both Labor and Lib/Nat voters that doctors should be allowed by law to assist a patient to commit suicide.

There was no significant difference between the genders.

79% of people aged 65+ think that doctors should be allowed by law to assist a patient to commit suicide. This is compared to 57% of those aged 25-34 who think doctors should be allowed by law to assist a patient to commit suicide.

58% of those in Queensland think doctors should be allowed by law to assist a patient to commit suicide, compared with 75% of people in South Australia.

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