Monday, April 04, 2005

NEW SCHIAVO POLL INDICATES WIDESPREAD SUPPORT FOR TERRI ... TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

Thanks to Michelle Malkin for continuing to dig into the bogus ABC poll on Terri Schiavo which most liberals and media-types were trumpeting as proof that Republicans were way off base with their support for Terri. Now it turns out that Zogby has just done a poll which more closely reflects Terri's actual situation - and guess what - the poll saw 80% support for a theoretical person in Terri's position.

From Michelle's article:
Polls leading up to the death of Terri Schiavo made it appear Americans had formed a consensus in favor of ending her life. However, a new Zogby poll with fairer questions shows the nation clearly supporting Terri and her parents and wanting to protect the lives of other disabled patients.

The Zogby poll found that, if a person becomes incapacitated and has not expressed their preference for medical treatment, as in Terri's case, 43 percent say "the law presume that the person wants to live, even if the person is receiving food and water through a tube" while just 30 percent disagree.

Another Zogby question [bears] directly on Terri's circumstances.

"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.

Has anyone heard this poll reported anywhere? I don't know if the Pope's death has caused this story to be dropped or what, but I haven't heard word one about this poll from any media outlet...