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New Poll: 3 out of 4 Californians Support End of Life Option Bill

Three out of four Californians support “a bill under consideration before the California State Legislature [that] would allow terminally ill people to be able to voluntarily end their own lives by taking drugs prescribed by a physician.” 

That is the conclusion of a new poll released today by the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) at the University of California, Berkeley.

This overwhelming support includes strong majorities in both major political parties and among independent voters, and crosses most other demographic categories, including race/ethnicity.

A large majority of respondents (76 percent) supported that idea, including 82 percent of Democrats, 79 percent of independents and 67 percent of Republicans.

Support levels of at least 69 percent were registered across all other demographic categories, from gender to educational, income and age levels.

Among age groups, support was weakest among 18- to 19-year-olds (70 percent) and stronger among older groups: 86 percent among those in their 40s, 79 percent among those in their 50s and 81 percent among those over 65.

Background

The poll was conducted for IGS by Survey Sampling International, using online questionnaires. There were 1,097 respondents sampled between Aug. 11 and Aug. 26. The margin of error is 2.5 percent. Responses for the entire sample were weighted to reflect the statewide distribution of the California population by gender, race/ethnicity, education and age.

Appendix

A bill under consideration before the California State Legislature would allow terminally ill people to be able to voluntarily end their own lives by taking drugs prescribed by a physician. Do you favor or oppose this bill?

Question

 

Percent

Favor

75.5%

Oppose

24.5%

By Partisanship

 

Democrats

Independents

Republicans

Favor

82.4%

78.7%

67.1%

Oppose

17.6%

21.3%

32.9%

 

By Income

 

Less than $25,000

$25,000-$49,999

$50,000-$74,999

$75,000-$99,999

$100,000-$149,999

$150,000+

Favor

74.8%

75.2%

77.6%

74.8%

83.7%

78.7%

Oppose

25.2%

24.8%

22.4%

25.2%

16.3%

21.3%

By Age

 

Age 18-29

Age 30-39

Age 40-49

Age 50-65

Age 65+

Favor

70.1%

74.8%

86.4%

78.9%

81.5%

Oppose

29.9%

25.2%

13.6%

21.1%

18.5%

 

By Race/Ethnicity

 

Asian

Black

Latino

White

Favor

78.9%

52.3%

74.9%

79.5%

Oppose

21.1%

47.7%

25.1%

20.5%

 

By Education

 

Less than high school

High school degree or equivalent

Some college

Bachelor’s degree

Advanced degree

Favor

75.0%

69.1%

74.6%

79.8%

83.25%

Oppose

25.0%

30.9%

25.4%

20.2%

16.75%

 

By Gender

 

Female

Male

Favor

77.7%

76.4%

Oppose

22.3%

23.6%