New Angus poll shows overwhelming majority of Cdns want strong safeguards on physician-assisted suicide

While overall support for some regulated structure for doctor-assisted death forms the majority view in this country, this nuanced and complex issue also derives strict limits in the minds of Canadians regarding the circumstances under which a request for assisted death could be approved.

Among those limits: nearly four-in-five Canadians believe physician-assisted suicide should not be allowed for cases of psychological – but not physical – suffering. Further, they are not supportive of a committee recommendation that all publicly-funded hospitals – including those affiliated with the Catholic Church – be required to provide a doctor to assist with suicide.

The poll results also reveal deep divisions – particularly along religious lines – over the proposed regulations governing such procedures.
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