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Zogby Poll: Americans Not in Favor of Starving Terri Schiavo

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  1. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    Zogby Poll: Americans Not in Favor of Starving Terri Schiavo

    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 his 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.

    "From the very start of this debate, Americans have sat on one of two sides," Concerned Women for America's Lanier Swann said in response to the poll. One side "believes Terri's life has worth and purpose, and the side who saw Michael Schiavo's actions as merciful, and appropriate."

    More than three-fourths of Americans agreed, Swann said, "because a person is disabled, that patient should never be denied food and water."

    The poll also lent support to members of Congress to who passed legislation seeking to prevent Terri's starvation death and help her parents take their lawsuit to federal courts.

    "When there is conflicting evidence on whether or not a patient would want to be on a feeding tube, should elected officials order that a feeding tube be removed or should they order that it remain in place," respondents were asked.

    Some 18 percent said the feeding tube should be removed and 42 percent said it should remain in place.

    Swann said her group would encourage Congress to adopt legislation that would federal courts to review cases when the medical treatment desire of individuals is not known and the patient's family has a dispute over the care.

    "According to these poll results, many Americans do in fact agree with what we're trying to accomplish," she said.

    The poll found that 49 percent of Americans believe there should be exceptions to the right of a spouse to act as a guardian for an incapacitated spouse. Only 39 percent disagreed.

    When asked directly about Terri's case and told the her estranged husband Michael "has had a girlfriend for 10 years and has two children with her" 56 percent of Americans believed guardianship should have been turned over to Terri's parents while 37 percent disagreed.
  2. Hoov

    Hoov Senior Member

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    Yes, sure i agree with the poll...but those first questions were very general questions. And TS was kept alive for a loooong time. Those questions painted a pictute of a person arriving to ER with a good prognosis - of course nutrition support would be warranted to sustain life while medical treatment is given for the persons recovery. But what about after medical treatment has failed, the poll didn't address that issue, the poll took nothing into account of "15 years" with no significant improvement. The questions in that poll had nothing to say that really is bearing on the TS case.
  3. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Bad Santa Staff Member

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    To be honest though...those polls prior to Terri's depth were not exactly perfect.

    Polls can be made to influence people's answers one way or the other.
  4. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    Oh yes they can... Marketing Research was my specialty in my degree...

    Most polls, by nature, are biased because those starting them are looking to achieve a desired result...

    BP was right as many of the polls prior to her death were very much weighted...

    This poll is more of a scientific poll on beliefs in general using the Shiavo case as a basis...
  5. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Bad Santa Staff Member

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    Yes from what I seen, it would appear the polls prior to her death had more to deal with people having issue with what they felt was the federal governement trying to stomp on the state.
  6. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    If you don't like the results of a poll......take a bigger sample. That's the jist of what I learned in the one stats class I had to take.
  7. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    much easier just to add trigger words to the questions...

    Example:

    Should the Cowboys draft DE Dan Cody?

    or

    Should the Cowboys draft the troubled DE Dan Cody
  8. Hoov

    Hoov Senior Member

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    ok maybe this is a better poll, but from those general questions, how can one state (as author did) americans not in favor of starving TS. isn't that taking generalities and applying results to a specific case. and the fact that the author said "starving" shows me they are trying to make it dramatic, thus we know which side they are on.
  9. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    How about asking the same people if the would rather see Mrs. Schiavo euthanized with some sort of injection as opposed to being starved?

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