Three out of four americans support the idea of euthanasia.
An examination of the responses by various demographic characteristics shows that the people who are most likely to be affected by the difference in question wording are evangelical Christians, and to a lesser extent young males and rural residents.Among evangelical Christians, 61% support euthanasia, while only 32% approve of doctor-assisted suicide -- a net difference of 29 points. Among all Americans, the difference is 17 points. Eighty-seven percent of men under the age of 50 support euthanasia, but only 63% support doctor-assisted suicide -- a difference of 24 points. Seventy-one percent of rural residents support euthanasia, while only 47% support doctor-assisted suicide -- a net difference also of 24 points.
Studies showed that 78% of people living in urban areas voted "yes" to authanasia, while 71% in rural areas voted "yes" to the issue. also, 59% in urban areas voted "yes" to doctor assisted suicide, while 47% in rural areas voted "yes" to the issue.
Clearly, though it is not too much of a gap, urban areas are more accepting of the idea of euthanasia and doctor assisted suicide, opposed to rural areas.
David W. Moore is a Senior Fellow with the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. He is a former Vice President of the Gallup Organization and was a senior editor with the Gallup Poll for thirteen years. He is author of The Opinion Makers:An Insider Exposesthe Truth Behind the Polls (Beacon, 2008; trade paperback edition, 2009). Publishers’ Weekly refers to it as a “succinct and damning critique...Keen and witty throughout.