Monday, April 4

Zogby Poll Shows Americans Wanted Terri Saved

In previous polls done by ABC News and others on whether people supported what was done to Terri Schiavo, the result often showed a disregard for disabled life. Now a new poll likely demonstrates (as many supposed) that those polls were skewed. Zogby asked:

"'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.

The wording is very critical in these polls. Changing it from "food and water" to "life support" would change the way I would answer the question. These two polls demonstrate I think that the majority in this country believe that suicide is wrong, but they also believe that extraordinary medical procedures should be the option of the family. People still support life even tho the battle to continue that support is on going, and clear definition of the issues is essential.

The legislative arm of government responds to the people. It has its positives, it has its negatives, but for Congress to take the extraordinary measures they did without having popular support on such a high profile issue.....I just couldn't see it happening. I'm sure those in Congress knew better what their constituents wanted then those framed in a poll that ABC News used to push an apparent agenda.