Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
CBC News is running an online poll connected to an article that is titled: Euthanasia: Should it be legalized?
When you scroll down a little on the screen you will notice on the right hand side thepoll asks the question - Do you support the legalization of euthanasia? Link to online poll.
The CBC is reporting the results of a poll that was conducted from November 5 - 15, 2010 and commissioned by the CBC and Radio-Canada. The poll suggests that 83% of the people in Quebec want euthanasia legalized.
The reality about polling is that the results are determined by the question.
A recent Environics research group poll that was conducted between September 15 - 22, 2010 of 2025 Canadians that included a sample size of 500 people from Quebec. That poll found that 69% of the people in supported the legalization of euthanasia.
What do Quebecers actually want?
The Environics poll asked several questions to determine what Canadians actually were concerned about and the poll found.
The poll found that:
63% of Canadians and (75%) of Quebecers were concerned that elderly people would feel pressured to accept euthanasia to reduce the cost of health care.Quebecers actually want.
78% of Canadians and (81%) of Quebecers were concerned that a significant number of sick, disabled or elderly persons being euthanized without their consent.
71% of Canadians and (60%) of Quebecers stated the government needs to improve palliative and hospice care rather than legalize euthanasia.
59% supported legalizing euthanasia, with only 22% strongly supporting. Support was highest in Quebec at (69%) and lowest in Saskatchewan/Manitoba 49%. Since last year, support dropped in Quebec by (6%) and dropped in Montreal by (15%).
Quebecers want the government to improve end-of-life care, rather than legalize euthanasia.Contact Alex Schadenberg at the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition - toll free: 1-877-439-3348 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Quebecers are concerned that people will feel pressured to accept euthanasia in order to reduce health care costs.
Quebecers are concerned, that if euthanasia were legal, a significant number of people would be euthanized without consent. This is a well-founded concern. A study that was published in the CMAJ (May, 2010) found that 32% of assisted deaths in the Flanders region of Belgium were done without explicit request or consent.
The Quebec government should not be trying find a way to legalize euthanasia through the back-door, but rather to improve end-of-life care.