Push-Polling for Euthanasia? Public Opinion and the Schiavo Case
Byline: Nat Hentoff, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
During the intense national debate about the worth of Terri Schiavo's life, a majority of Americans agreed with her husband that they would not want to continue living. But when the pollsters called, did they describe the actual facts of her condition to get the responses that created and confused the national response?
One of the most widely circulated telephone polls was the ABC News poll. Its interviewers told those who picked up the phone: "Schiavo suffered brain damage and has been on life support for 16 years. Doctors say she has no consciousness, and her condition is irreversible." Although Terri was brain-damaged, she was not on a respirator or any other machinery. She was breathing naturally and …
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Publication information: Article title: Push-Polling for Euthanasia? Public Opinion and the Schiavo Case. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: April 18, 2005. Page number: A19. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group.
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