Monday, April 04, 2005

Killer's Remorse

Good news! A reported Zogby poll cuts the Americans disabled people should fear to just 30% of the population.

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.

It gets better, only 9% want to dehydrate/starve you to death if you're disabled.

Another Zogby question his 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.

Less encouragingly, 37% want to leave the right to execute in the hands of adulterous spouses.

When asked directly about Terri's case and told the her estranged husband Michael "has had a girlfriend for 10 years and has two children with her" 56 percent of Americans believed guardianship should have been turned over to Terri's parents while 37 percent disagreed.

Not very comforting, but most curious in the light of other polls Zogby reported on March 29.

...a CBS poll last week which found that 82 percent of Americans felt Congress should have stayed out of Schiavo's case.

The poll also showed 75 percent of respondents said end-of-life issues were not the province of government.

(I guess folks meant "disabled people" end of life decisions, as opposed to "rapist murderer" end of life decisions).

A Time magazine poll published last weekend found that 53 percent of evangelical Christians and 53 percent of Republicans agreed with the decision to remove Schiavo's feeding tube.

Among people who attended church at least once a week, 48 percent supported the decision and 45 percent opposed it.

This case has been 24*7 on cable news for several weeks, so it seems impossible that the CBS and Time polls reflected ignorance. No, it's a clear case of killer's remorse.