Link to the PR Newswire media release on April 16, 2015.
As assisted suicide failed to pass in state legislatures across the country this year, a new Marist Poll sponsored by the Knights of Columbus found that a majority of Americans do not support assisted suicide and that strong majorities harbor deep concerns over such proposals.
Assisted suicide proposals have stalled since the start of the year in a number of states, including Connecticut, Maryland, Colorado and Nevada.
More than 6 in 10 Americans (61 percent) do not support a doctor prescribing or administering a lethal drug dose, saying that a doctor should instead only manage an illness or remove life support.
Additionally, 57 percent of Americans say they are less likely to trust a doctor who engages in assisted suicide.
Strong majorities of Americans also have deep concerns about assisted suicide, including:
- 67 percent concerned that fewer life-saving options will be given at end of life.
- 65 percent concerned that the elderly will be at risk in nursing homes.
- 64 percent concerned that the depressed will be more likely to take their lives.
- 59 percent concerned about a wrong diagnosis.
- 55 percent concerned that the doctor could misjudge a patient's state of mind.
- 55 percent concerned that it will become a cost-saving measure for health care decisions.
- 54 percent concerned that patients will be pressured to take their life so as not to be a burden.
Between 4 in 10 and 6 in 10 of those who support assisted suicide also share each of these concerns.