STRONG SUPPORT FOR CANDIDATES WHO OPPOSE ASSISTED SUICIDE AND EUTHANASIA, STRONG OPPOSITION TO USE OF FEDERALLY CONTROLLED DRUGS TO ASSIST SUICIDES.Based on years of experience, pro-lifers know that support for abortion is both far narrower and much softer than what we've been led to believe. But what about euthanasia euthanasia (y'thənā`zhə), either painlessly putting to death or failing to prevent death from natural causes in cases of terminal illness or irreversible coma. ?
A recent nationwide poll shows that there is strong support for candidates who oppose assisted suicide assisted suicide: see euthanasia. and euthanasia and equally strong opposition to the use of federally regulated drugs to assist people to kill themselves.
The respected public opinion firm of Wirthlin Worldwide Wirthlin Worldwide was an influential political and business consulting firm founded by Dick Wirthlin. It operated from 1969 to 2004. It ceased to operate as a separate company on September 8, 2004 when it was acquired by Harris Interactive for a combination of stock and cash probed the public's views on these hot-button issues Noun 1. hot-button issue - an issue that elicits strong emotional reactions
issue - an important question that is in dispute and must be settled; "the issue could be settled by requiring public education for everyone"; "politicians never discuss in a poll of 1,001 adults conducted from May 19 through May 23.
People were asked,
Generally speaking, how important will a candidate's position on the issues of assisted suicide and euthanasia be in determining whether or not you will vote for that candidate?
Nearly two-thirds (64%) said it was either "very important" (31%) or "somewhat important" (33%) in determining their vote. Contrary to conventional wisdom, those questioned were firmly in the anti-euthanasia, anti-assisted suicide camp.
By more than a 2-1 margin (65% to 32%), respondents said they were more likely to vote for a candidate who opposes assisted suicide/euthanasia than one who favors assisted suicide/euthanasia.
Often, however, intensity (depth) is as important as breadth. Here, too, the pro-life cause fared well.
Of the 31% subset who said that a candidate's position was "very important" in determining their vote, more than four out of five favored opponents of assisted suicide and euthanasia. Exactly 81% of this group told Wirthlin Worldwide that they were more likely to vote for a candidate who opposes assisted suicide/euthanasia as compared to only 18% who said they were more likely to vote for a candidate who favors assisted suicide/euthanasia - - a margin of more than 4-1.
Interestingly, there was a negligible percentage who said either that it "Depends on the candidate" or "Don't know/refused to answer."
Another question in the May survey asked about a real-life application of these sentiments. The Pain Relief Promotion Act would stop the use of federally controlled drugs The United Kingdom Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 aimed to control the possession and supply of numerous listed drugs and drug-like substances. The act allowed and regulated the use of some Controlled Drugs (designated CD) by various classes of persons (e.g. for assisted suicide and euthanasia at the same time the act funds positive alternatives, such as teaching physicians how to better manage their patients' pain. The United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. Senate will soon vote on the act, which passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly last year. (See page 1).
Those polled by Wirthlin Worldwide were asked,
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Should the federal law allow use of these federally controlled drugs for the purpose of assisted suicide and euthanasia?
By a margin of well over two to one (66% to 29%) people said federal law should not allow these drugs to be used for assisted suicide and euthanasia.
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tandem , the results of the two questions show overwhelming opposition to the use of federally controlled drugs to assist in killing patients--which is currently allowed only in Oregon--and equally large electoral support for political candidates who oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Burke Balch, J.D., told NRL Noun 1. NRL - the United States Navy's defense laboratory that conducts basic and applied research for the Navy in a variety of scientific and technical disciplines
Naval Research Laboratory News, "This poll provides dramatic evidence that those voters who care most deeply about assisting suicide and euthanasia will overwhelmingly support candidates who vote to stop the government from facilitating the killing of patients with federally controlled drugs."
Added Balch, who is director of the National Right to Life Committee's Department of Medical Ethics medical ethics The moral construct focused on the medical issues of individual Pts and medical practitioners. See Baby Doe, Brouphy, Conran, Jefferson, Kevorkian, Quinlan, Roe v Wade, Webster decision. , "The Senate must move promptly to enact the Pain Relief Promotion Act, whose objectives have 2-1 public support.">EN