Three-to-one support in two polls sends strong message to lawmakers
Most Minnesotans agree that terminally ill adults should have the option of medical aid in dying, according to two State Fair polls conducted by the Minnesota State Senate and State House of Representatives. In the Senate poll, 68 percent of respondents said they support medical aid in dying; in the House poll, support is 67 percent. In both polls, only small minorities (22 percent) opposed this end-of-life option.
The polling results are significant because the Compassionate Care Act (SF 1880/HF 2095) was introduced in 2015 and will be introduced again in 2017.
“This polling is a clear signal for state lawmakers that their constituents want the option of medical aid in dying so that terminally ill adults with no hope for a cure can choose to shorten the dying process should their suffering become unbearable,” said Janet Conn of Edina, a longtime Compassion & Choices supporter and advocate.
The Minnesota Senate’s poll asked fairgoers their opinion on this end-of-life care issue:
“When a mentally competent adult is dying from an incurable and irreversible medical condition that is expected to end the individual’s life within six months, do you think this individual should be allowed to obtain from a physician a prescription for medication that may be self-administered to end that person’s life?”
Sixty-eight point twenty-two percent responded yes; 22.62 percent responded no; 9.16 percent responded undecided or no opinion.
The House of Representatives’ poll used the following language: “When a mentally capable adult is dying from a terminal illness, do you think this adult should be allowed to receive a prescription for life-ending medication they may self-administer?
Sixty-six point eight percent responded yes; 22.8 percent responded no; 10.5 percent responded undecided or no opinion
For more information on the Minnesota Senate State Fair Poll, go here.
For more information on the Minnesota House of Representatives State Fair Poll, go here.
Information provided by Compassion & Choices, the oldest nonprofit working to improve care and expand options for the end of life in the United States, with 450,000 members nationwide. For more information, visit CompassionAndChoices.org.