Support For Assisted Suicide Increases

| Filed under: National, Social Issues

Approval highest among youngest, wealthiest, in BC

TORONTO JUNE 15th, 2014 – In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum PollTM among 1433 Canadians 18 years of age and older, fully three quarters favour physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill (74%), and this represents an increase since we asked this question last year (Oct. 2013 - 65%). Opposition now is at one eighth (16%), down from just less than a quarter (22%) last year. Support is highest among the youngest (79%), the wealthiest (80%) and in BC (80%), New Democrats are much more in favour (84%) than are Conservatives (59%), while Liberals are in the middle (76%). The best educated are more in favour (post grad - 78%), as are non-Christians (88%) and those with no religion (87%), but not evangelical Christians (27%). Mothers with children are more likely to approve (77%), as are Francophones (78%) than are others.

This is an issue where politicians and decision makers, and, quite frankly, the medical profession, are completely out of step with the broad majority of the public. Canadians have become used to choice, and we expect to choose our manner of death. Nothing less will do," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.