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April 3, 2005

Zogby Poll: Americans Not in Favor of Starving Terri Schiavo

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

Polls leading up to the death of Terri Schiavo made it appear Americans had formed a consensus in favor of ending her life. However, a new Zogby poll with fairer questions shows the nation clearly supporting Terri and her parents and wanting to protect the lives of other disabled patients.

The Zogby poll found that, if a person becomes incapacitated and has not expressed their preference for medical treatment, as in Terri's case, 43 percent say "the law presume that the person wants to live, even if the person is receiving food and water through a tube" while just 30 percent disagree.

Another Zogby question is directly on Terri's circumstances.

"If a disabled person is not terminally ill, not in a coma, and not being kept alive on life support, and they have no written directive, should or should they not be denied food and water," the poll asked.

A whopping 79 percent said the patient should not have food and water taken away while just 9 percent said yes.

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cross posted at BlogsForTerri

Posted by Hyscience at April 3, 2005 10:01 PM

Ask the right questions and you get a better response. It is so easy to skew a poll to present a certain point of view. It is also easy to keep the skew going by repeating the poll over and over again until people are desensitized to the truth. This is what has happened in Terri's case and now it is up to us, that is people from all walks of life to ensure that people do become aware of the implications of accepting that other point of view.

Posted by: Maggie4life at April 3, 2005 10:26 PM

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