Assisted Suicide Measure in Washington State Has 18 Point Lead in New Poll
by Steven Ertelt
October 27, 2008
Olympia, WA (LifeNews.com) — Although internal polling numbers show a much closer margin, a new poll from the University of Washington finds the measure that would make the state the second to legalize the grisly practice of assisted suicide leading by a comfortable margin. I-1000 has an 18 point lead in the Washington Poll.
According to the poll of 600 registered voters from October 18-26, the I-1000 assisted suicide ballot initiative leads by a 56 to 38 percentage point margin. Another 6 percent of Washington voters are undecided.
The poll has a four percent margin of error and doesn’t just survey likely voters — who may be less likely to support the assisted suicide proposal.
The poll found three percent of voters on either side of the debate say they could change their minds with the rest of the opponents or proponents saying they are firm in their stance.
The Washington Poll worded the question as such: "On statewide ballot initiative 1000 — a measure that would allow terminally ill adults with six months or less to live to receive a prescription for a life-ending medication — will you vote yes or no on 1,000?"
According to the survey, Democrats favor the assisted suicide measure 75-21 percent while Republicans oppose it 66-25 percent and independents favor it 60-35 percent.
Regionally, Puget Sound-area residents back I-1000 by a 55-39 percentage point margin while eastern Washington voters favor it 53-41 percent. Residents of other parts of the state back it 62-35 percent.
An Elway poll conducted last week found the assisted suicide measure with a 55-37 percentage point lead. Another 8 percent of Washington citizens were undecided.
That survey contacted 405 registered voters from October 16-19.
Related web sites:
Coalition Against Assisted Suicide – https://www.noassistedsuicide.com
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