It’s amazing how different of a response you can get when you frame a question a little differently.
According to a GALLUP poll, support for physician-assisted suicide varies depending on how the question is ask—and that difference is important to understand:
Support for Physicisan-Assisted Suicide
In the first question—form A, dark green—it asks about ending a patient’s life by some painless means; whereas the second question—form B, light green—asks about assisting a patient to commit suicide.
The difference with these two questions is this:
- There is more support when the decision also includes his or her family.
- And maybe even more important than that, when the word ‘suicide’ is not used.
It’s clear that saying “end the patient’s life” will garner a much different response than “assist the patient to commit suicide.”
But isn’t the result still the same?
What do you think?