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EUTHANASIA


Strong Support in Quebec for
Legalizing Euthanasia
Most Quebecers believe that laws governing euthanasia should be
provincial responsibility.

[MONTREAL – Aug. 11, 2009] – An
overwhelming majority of Quebecers support                    KEY FINDINGS
legalizing euthanasia and think re-opening the
debate on this contentious issue is a good idea, a             77% of Quebecers believe euthanasia
new Angus Reid Strategies survey has found.                    should be allowed

In the online survey of a representative provincial            75% of Quebecers think it is a good idea
sample, 75 per of respondents think it is a good               to re-open the debate on euthanasia
idea to discuss the issue of euthanasia. The
finding comes as the Quebec College of                         The only instance in which Quebecers
Physicians is expected to release a report this fall           clearly do not support Euthanasia is when
calling for the Quebec government to re-open the               a person wishes to end their life at the
debate on euthanasia and pushing for new                       same time as their spouse
guidelines about what doctors should be allowed
to do.                                                    Full topline results are at the end of this release.

                                                          From August 5 to August 6, 2009 Angus Reid Strategies
Interestingly, semantics play little role in              conducted an online survey among a randomly selected,
respondent’s support for allowing patients to end         representative sample of 804 adult Quebecers. The margin of
their lives. Half the sample was asked whether            error for the total sample is +/- 3.5%, 19 times out of 20. The
                                                          results have been statistically weighted according to the most
they support doctor-assisted suicide while the            current education, age, gender and region Census data to
other half was asked if they supported                    ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of
euthanasia. Results from both questions were              Quebec. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.
virtually identical (77% supported legalizing
euthanasia while 78% supported allowing doctor-
assisted suicide).

In order to determine whether support for euthanasia varies in specific cases, respondents were
presented with certain scenarios under which patients may seek to end their lives.

Support for euthanasia was strongest under scenarios where a patient is terminally ill and seeks to end
their life early (85% support euthanasia in this scenario) and where a patient is in a coma with little



CONTACT:
Jaideep Mukerji, Vice President, Public Affairs, 514-409-0462, jaideep.mukerji@angus-reid.com
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chance of waking and had previously specified their wishes to have their life terminated if they were ever
to find themselves in this condition (86% support euthanasia in this scenario).

Support for euthanasia plunges for patients seeking to be die at the same time as their spouse, a
scenario that made headlines when British composer Edward Downes sought to end his life along with
his wife at a private clinic in Switzerland last month. Three-in-four Quebecers (76%) strongly oppose
euthanasia in this instance.

Quebecers are split on whether a parent should have the right to euthanize a child suffering from a
severe form of a disease like cerebral palsy, a situation similar to the notorious Robert Latimer case. In
this instance, 40 per cent of respondents would support euthanasia while 48 per cent would oppose it.

Nearly three-in-four respondents (72%) also said that they believe patients should also have the right to
refuse life-saving treatment from doctors.

Finally, a near majority of Quebecers (49%) believe that provincial governments—and not the federal
government—should be allowed to set the laws that govern whether euthanasia is legal and under what
circumstances.

The findings are strikingly consistent across a variety of demographic groups. While older respondents
tend to be slightly more opposed to euthanasia, there is surprisingly little variation between gender,
linguistic, economic, education and regional sub-groups.




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                                                   Euthanasia

     Half Sample - Generally speaking, would you support or oppose legalizing euthanasia in Quebec?




                  Strongly support                                                31%


                Moderately support                                                46%


                Moderately oppose                                                  9%


                  Strongly oppose                                                  8%


                      Not sure                                                     6%




                                                   Euthanasia

    Half Sample - Generally speaking, would you support or oppose legalizing doctor-assisted suicide in
                                                Quebec?




                  Strongly support                                                31%


                Moderately support                                                47%


                Moderately oppose                                                  9%


                  Strongly oppose                                                  7%


                      Not sure                                                     6%




CONTACT:
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                                                   Euthanasia

    As you may know, the Quebec College of Physicians recently announced they will press the Quebec
      government to re-open the debate on whether euthanasia should be legalized. Do you think re-
                              opening this debate is a good or a bad idea?




                     Good idea                                                    75%


                      Bad idea                                                     9%


                      Not sure                                                    16%




CONTACT:
Jaideep Mukerji, Vice President, Public Affairs, 514-409-0462, jaideep.mukerji@angus-reid.com
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                                                      Euthanasia

    Below are some specific scenarios under which a patient might ask for a doctor’s help in ending his or
    her life. For each, please indicate whether you would support or oppose allowing the doctor to end the
                                                  patient’s life.


                                           Strongly      Moderately      Moderately       Strongly
                                                                                                     Not sure
                                           support        support         oppose          oppose


A patient is terminally ill and will die
in less than six months. The patient
is expected to suffer a great deal of        61%            24%              6%                 5%      4%
physical and mental anguish during
               that time


A patient has a lifelong, but non-life
threatening condition such as being
                                             25%            33%              20%            16%         6%
 quadriplegic and wishes to end his
             or her life


A patient wishes to die at the same
time as their spouse or other loved          6%             11%              20%            56%         7%
                one


 A patient is in a coma with little or
no hope of waking. The patient had
previously specified they wished to
                                             62%            24%              5%                 6%      3%
  have their life terminated if they
were ever to find themselves in this
              condition.


 A parent wishes to euthanize their
child who suffers from a severe form
                                             14%            26%              24%            24%        11%
   of a condition such as cerebral
                palsy




CONTACT:
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                                                   Euthanasia

    While euthanasia is currently illegal in Canada, patients do have the right to refuse medical care and
    treatment, even if the refusal will clearly lead to their death. Do you believe Canadians should have
                                   the right to refuse life-saving treatment?




                         Yes                                                      72%


                         No                                                       16%


                      Not sure                                                    12%




                                                   Euthanasia

    Euthanasia is currently illegal under Canadian federal law. Should provincial governments have the
    right to determine whether euthanasia should be allowed in their own provinces or should it remain a
                                            federal responsibility?




              Provinces should decide                                             49%


        Federal government should decide                                          30%


                       Neither                                                     8%


                      Not sure                                                    13%




CONTACT:
Jaideep Mukerji, Vice President, Public Affairs, 514-409-0462, jaideep.mukerji@angus-reid.com
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  Angus Reid Strategies is a full-service polling and market research firm which is a leader in the use of
the Internet and rich media technology to collect high-quality, in-depth insights for a wide array of clients.
  Dr. Angus Reid and the Angus Reid Strategies team are pioneers in online research methodologies,
                         and have been conducting online surveys since 1995.


     Angus Reid Strategies, along with its sister company, Vision Critical, is now the largest Canadian-
    owned market research enterprise. In addition to its five offices in Canada—located in Vancouver,
    Calgary, Regina, Toronto, and Montreal—the firm also has offices in San Francisco, Chicago, New
     York, London, Paris and Sydney. Its team of specialists provides solutions across every type and
                  sector of research, and currently serves over 200 international clients.


   Angus Reid Strategies polls are conducted using the Angus Reid Forum (www.angusreidforum.com),
                Springboard America (www.springboardamerica.com) and Springboard UK
      (www.springboarduk.com) online panels, which are recruited via an industry-leading process that
    incorporates a randomized, widespread invitation approach and a triple opt-in screening procedure.
   The panels are maintained through state-of-the-art sampling techniques and frequent verifications of
   personal identity, contact information, and demographic characteristics. These premier online survey
     platforms present respondents with highly visual, interactive, and engaging surveys, ensuring that
                         panel members provide thoughtful and reliable responses.


     Angus Reid Strategies, the only public opinion firm to exclusively use online methods to follow the
   views of the electorate during the 2008 federal campaign, offered the most accurate prediction of the
                                      results of Canada’s 40th election.
                http://angusreidstrategies.com/uploads/pages/pdfs/2008.10.15_Election.pdf


   Since 2006, Angus Reid Strategies has covered eight provincial elections in Canada—more than any
   other pollster in the country—and the results have accurately predicted the outcome of each of these
                                           democratic processes.
             http://angusreidstrategies.com/uploads/pages/pdfs/2008.03.28_Anniversary_1.pdf
         http://www.angusreidstrategies.com/uploads/pages/pdfs/2008.12.09_QuebecElection.pdf
            http://www.angusreidstrategies.com/uploads/pages/pdfs/2009.05.13_BCElection.pdf
          http://www.angusreidstrategies.com/uploads/pages/pdfs/2009.06.10_NSElection.pdf

    More information on the way Angus Reid Strategies conducts public opinion research can be found
              at http://www.angusreidstrategies.com/uploads/pages/pdfs/ARS.ARF.WP.pdf


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                       Copies of this poll are available on our website:
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