Arizona Opinion Polls
KAET-ASU Poll (2005)
Dr. Bruce D. Merrill
TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2005
KAET POLL: SUPPORT FOUND FOR A BILL TO LEGALIZE SUICIDE FOR EXTREME CASES
A new statewide telephone poll of 442 registered voters conducted by KAET-TV/Channel 8 and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University between Jan. 20-23, 2005 found that fifty-three percent of those interviewed support a bill to legalize suicide for those suffering extreme illnesses if the lethal medication is approved by a physician.
The survey has a sampling error of plus or minus 4.7 percent. Sixty percent of the interviews were conducted in Maricopa County, 16 percent in Pima County, and 24 percent in the less populated counties. The sample was 41 percent Republican, 35 percent Democrat and 24 percent independent. Fifty-two percent of voters interviewed were female and 48 percent were male.
Q. Would you support or oppose a bill to legalize suicide in extreme cases involving patients likely to die within six months? A doctor's prescription would be required to get the lethal medication.
Dr. Bruce D. Merrill
TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 1999
KAET POLL: SUPPORT IN ARIZONA FOR DOCTOR-ASSISTED SUICIDE
A statewide telephone poll of 450 registered voters conducted by KAET-TV and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication at Arizona State University during the period April 22-25, 1999 found support for doctor-assisted suicide in Arizona. Sixty-two percent (62%) were in favor, 33% were opposed and only 5% had no opinion. The only demographic that showed a difference on this question was political ideology. While less than half (48%) of the self-identified conservatives favor doctor-assisted suicide, 91% of the liberals were favorable.
The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5%. Forty-five percent (45%) of those interviewed were Republicans, 40% Democrats and 15% "others." Fifty-eight percent (58%) of the sample was from Maricopa County, 18% from Pima County, and 23% from the other Arizona counties. Forty-seven percent (47%) of the sample was male; 53% female.
Q. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states can decide whether to allow physicians to assist terminally ill patients who wish to end their own lives. Do you favor or oppose allowing physicians in Arizona to assist terminally ill patients who wish to end their own lives?