More Americans today support prolonging patients’ lives as much as possible no matter what, a survey showed. Thirty-one percent of those polled agreed with the statement “in all circumstances, doctors and nurses should do everything possible to save the life of a patient,” up from 15% in 1990 and 22% in 2005. Significantly fewer people are undecided on the issue (3%, down from 12% in 1990). The number of people agreeing with the alternate statement, “sometimes there are circumstances where a patient should be allowed to die,” dropped only slightly (from 73% in 1990 to 66% in 2013). For themselves, 35% would want providers to do “everything possible,” even if they had an incurable disease and were in severe pain. However, 78% would let a close relative decide whether to continue treatment for patients unable to communicate their wishes.