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April 03, 2005

Well, you put it THAT way...

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Turns out, if you ask the right questions, you get a more reasonable answer. BlogsForTerri posted (as did others) that a new Zogby poll (with questions that more accurately reflected Terri's state (even dodging the "Persistent Vegitative State" or not question) shows a lot more support for Terri to stay alive.

"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.

Compare that with this ABC News Poll. If you look at the PDF, you'll see the way they phrased the question:

41. As you may know, a woman in Florida named Terri Schiavo suffered brain damage and has been on life support for 15 years. Doctors say she has no consciousness and her condition is irreversible. Her parents and her husband disagree on whether or not she should be kept on life support. In cases like this who do you think should have final say, (the parents) or (the spouse)?

Not surprisingly, when they throw in phrases like "life support" (that conjur up images of big machines that go "ping"), they got radically different answers.

Imagine what results they would have had if they said that she was conscious and aware of her surroundings.

Michael

Posted by mlv at April 3, 2005 11:19 PM

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