Today we also released the findings of an opinion poll we had done last week by the respected Tasmanian survey company, EMRS.
80% of those surveyed agreed that there should be a change in the law to allow voluntary assisted dying as in the new Tasmanian Bill tabled today. This confirms the findings of every similar poll done recently in Tasmania, and nationally.
More importantly, this survey revealed that three-quarters of the supporters strongly agreed with the law change, a massive 62% of the total. This compared to only 9% who strongly disagreed and 6% who somewhat disagreed.
We’re not surprised by these results – we’ve been very aware of the increasing strength of the support for the right of people to have a choice of assistance from their doctor to end their suffering, even if it means they die a short time earlier than they would have done.
1,000 Tasmanian adults across the State were interviewed in the poll, between 14 and 18 September. They were asked: “Thinking now about voluntary euthanasia, if a hopelessly ill patient, experiencing unrelievable suffering, and with absolutely no chance of recovering, asks a doctor to have his or her life ended, should the law be changed to allow the doctor to comply with the patient’s wishes?”
For full details see Dying with Dignity Tasmania Research Report – September 2013 – FINAL.