Conn. poll shows support for assisted suicide

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A poll indicates there's strong support in Connecticut for legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe medication to help terminally ill patients end their lives.

Sixty-one percent of registered voters who participated in the Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-ih-pee-ak) University poll released Thursday said they support the concept. Thirty-two percent said they oppose it. The same survey found only 33 percent of voters said they would probably ask for help in ending their own life.

Opponents of the legislation criticized the poll, saying it was flawed because the phrase "assisted suicide" was not used. Advocates maintain support is growing for the concept.

The survey of 1,878 people has a 2.3 percentage point margin of sampling error.

A legislative committee has until March 28 to schedule a public hearing on the bill.

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