The Dominion Post 23/08/2010
Public opinion remains divided over whether assisted suicide should be permitted, a poll shows. Research New Zealand polled 500 people aged over 15 on whether euthanasia should be legalised in New Zealand and found that 47 per cent supported assisted suicide and 44 per cent were opposed to it.
Support for euthanasia was highest among older age groups. While just 39 per cent of 15 to 34-year-olds felt that assisted suicide should be permitted, more than 51 per cent of those aged 35 and over were in favour of the proposal. “The older people and those who have older relatives clearly feel differently about this issue than do the younger people,” Research New Zealand director Emanuel Kalafatelis said. Among Maori and Pacific Island respondents, 37 per cent supported assisted suicide – significantly less than among the European population, in which 49 per cent voiced support.