Essential Report

Voluntary euthanasia

Nov 5, 2013

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

 

27 Sep 2010

Should be allowed

68%

71%

64%

81%

68%

69%

Should not be allowed

19%

17%

22%

9%

22%

14%

Don’t know

13%

12%

14%

10%

10%

17%

68% of people think that that doctors should be allowed by law to assist a patient commit suicide – which is little changed since this question was asked three years ago. 19% think it should not be allowed – up 5%.

81% of Green voters, 71% of Labor and 64% of Lib/Nat voters agreed that doctors should be allowed by law to assist a patient to commit suicide.

71% of women and 65% of men supported voluntary euthanasia.

There were no substantial differences by age group.

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