If a new poll is any indication of what’s to come, the ballot initiatives in the hands of Massachusetts voters have a solid chance of passing on Nov. 6.
The latest Suffolk University/ WHDH News7 survey of 600 likely voters released late Monday night, shows overwhelming support for legalizing medical marijuana, allowing terminally ill patients to obtain drugs to end their life and a measure requiring auto manufacturers to provide local garages access to the same diagnostic and repair information as the dealerships.
The telephone poll, conducted between Sept. 13-16, revealed that 64 percent of those surveyed would vote to approve the “death with dignity” ballot initiative, allowing an ill patient to decide to die on their own terms rather than suffer through a terminal illness.
If it passes, the measure would allow someone diagnosed with an illness giving them six months or less to live would have the option, within a set of stipulations, to request a lethal dose of drugs to end their life. The controversial proposal’s support varied among religion and region when Western New England University’s Polling Institute inquired about it in late May.
The Suffolk University poll also concluded that 59 percent of likely voters are supporting a measure legalizing medical marijuana. If passed, Massachusetts would join 16 other states in the U.S. by allowing such a treatment option, despite federal law which prohibits it.
The proposed law would allow a physician to prescribe a 60-day supply of marijuana to a patient with a “debilitating medical condition,” such as cancer, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease or a broad category that includes “other conditions.”
The law would also permit up to 35 non-profit medical marijuana dispensaries or treatment centers across the state, including at least one in each county.
Seventy-nine percent of likely voters said they support the proposed Availability of Motor Vehicle Repair Information law, which would require auto manufacturers to allow auto owners and independent repair shops access to the same vehicle diagnostic and repair information made available to auto dealers and authorized repair facilities.
The poll has a 4 percent margin of error.
More information on each of the three ballot measures, including links to the actual text of the proposals, can be found here.