Strong majority support physician assisted suicide - 120 participants

Mar 10, 2014

The notion that one has a right to live free or die is more than our state’s motto, but rather a fundamental principle woven into the very fabric of American ideology. A question that troubles many, however, is if terminally ill patients have a right to choose when and how they die with the assistance of a physician. For NH lawmakers, the answer is no, as the House recently rejected legislation that would have allowed doctors to prescribe life-ending medication to patients with a prognosis of six months or less to live. On March 10, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH allow 'death with dignity'/assisted suicide?”

“Should NH allow 'death with dignity'/assisted suicide?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Physician Assisted Suicide NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 120 participants gave 346 responses

A total of 80% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 20% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 120 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 346 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: A strong majority, at 83% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of legalizing physician assisted suicide. 

  • While many in the majority explained their support for the legislation by citing personal experiences with a loved one, others claimed the government has no role whatsoever in such a decision.
  • “People should have the personal freedom to live their life as they see fit and that includes ending their life as they see fit.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 17%, were opposed to legalizing physician assisted suicide.   

  • “I have no doubt it will lead to the decision to eliminate the elderly when they are a burden or no longer ‘useful.’”

Other: As noted above, 28% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Supporting the right to end one’s life, but struggling with the idea that it must be physician-assisted.

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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