By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
The Angus Reid Institute completed an assisted suicide poll in late November that shows that Canadians are divided and conflicted on the issues, and that a negative experience with palliative care directly effects the opinion of people on the issues.
In its description of the survey results, the Angus Reid Institute states:
Canadians express moderate to strong support for changes in legislation that would allow physicians to help patients who want to commit suicide, but the specific circumstances that might justify this course of action suggest deep divisions in public opinion.
Canadians’ views on doctor-assisted suicide vary significantly based on the perceptions of recent experiences with loved ones receiving end-of-life care.
Those reporting a negative experience with palliative and hospice based care are significantly more likely to support physician-assisted suicide.
... In the middle is the largest group of Canadians who are open to the arguments in favour of a new overall approach in law, but who remain highly uneasy about specifics.
The poll found support for assisted suicide as: 37% of Canadians strongly supported, 42% somewhat supported, 8% somewhat opposed, and 10% strongly opposed.