CARP assisted dying poll results may be skewed

Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) may have skewed the results of their assisted dying poll. 

As a CARP member, I was sent a link to the "assisted dying" poll on March 3. Even though CARP claimed that it was a "members poll", the link to the poll could be accessed by anyone. After answering the poll questions I was shocked by the radically pro-euthanasia responses.

Late that evening, I checked the CARP poll results and noticed that there were already more than 5000 responses with the results remaining unbelievably one-sided.

Susan Eng

Susan Eng

On January 27, Moses Znaimer, the President & CEO of CARP, fired Susan Eng, the CARP executive VP based on her neutral stance on assisted dying and replaced Eng with Wanda Morris, the CEO of Dying With Dignity, a euthanasia lobby group.

Considering the recent results from official polls, it is possible that Morris sent the CARP poll to her euthanasia lobby contacts to skew the results of the CARP poll. I have no proof that Morris did this, but based on the unbelievable CARP poll as compared to the Nanos poll for the Globe and Mail and the Angus Reid Institute Survey, my assertion seems likely.

According to the CARP poll 80% stated that publicly funded health care institutions, including hospices and long-term care homes should participate in assisted dying. The Angus Reid Institute Survey found that 68% oppose forcing religiously affiliated hospitals to participate and 62% oppose forcing nursing homes to participate.

According to the CARP poll 85% stated that waiting periods should be flexible, while the Angus Reid Institute survey found that 88% support waiting periods.

According to the CARP poll 87% stated that a doctor must refer a patient for an assisted death, while the Nanos poll found that 75% support doctors having the right to opt-out from participating in assisted death.

Since the CARP poll could be done by anyone (even though it claimed to be a members survey) and the Angus Reid survey and the Nanos poll were scientifically done based on representative samples, it seems likely that the CARP poll was intentionally skewed.