Voluntary euthanasia

Oct 21, 2014

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 Greens

Vote other

 

Sep 2010

Nov 2013

Should be allowed

66%

70%

64%

71%

63%

69%

68%

Should not be allowed

14%

12%

16%

7%

23%

14%

19%

Don’t know

20%

18%

20%

21%

14%

17%

13%

66% of respondents think that that doctors should be allowed by law to assist a patient commit suicide – which is little changed since this question was asked last year. 14% think it should not be allowed – down 5%.

71% of Green voters, 70% of Labor and 64% of Lib/Nat voters agreed that doctors should be allowed by law to assist a patient to commit suicide.

67% of women and 65% of men supported voluntary euthanasia – as do 74% of those aged 45-64.

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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