Strong majority support physician-assisted suicide - 380 responses

Apr 20, 2015

When the subject of physician-assisted suicide is brought up, a spirited response can be expected. This is precisely what happened when the Live Free or Die Alliance posed the question, "Should NH legalize physician-assisted suicide?” to Facebook members.

“Should NH legalize physician-assisted suicide?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Physician Assisted Suicide NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 193 participants gave 380 responses

A total of 84% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 16% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 380 responses from 193 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: A strong majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 89%, were in favor of legalizing physician assisted suicide.

  • “We should have the right to die as we choose—not according to some laws, someone else's religious beliefs or some doctor’s conscience.”
  • “No one should have to spend their last days in suffering and agony.”

No: A minority, at 11% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, opposed legalizing physician assisted suicide.

  • “My late husband committed suicide because of depression.”
  • “Never an excuse. They could find a cure the very next day.”
  • “We'd be going down a slippery slope to okay that, which is nothing but murder by the person who assists.”

Other: As noted above, 16% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • The merits—or lack thereof—of both sides of the debate.
  • The broader cultural context. 
  • Bigger issues: "How about they fix the health care issue first. I imagine a lot of these people wouldn't be in the position."

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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