Poll finds support for right-to-die bill

A new poll shows a majority of New Jerseyans support right to die legislation.

The survey, conducted by Momentum Analysis, a research firm in Washington, D.C.,  found that 63 percent of respondents support allowing mentally competent terminally ill patients the right to end to their lives.

“This poll shows that opinions about death with dignity among New Jersey voters are for the most part consistent with public opinions in other states throughout the country,” Mark Dann, New Jersey campaign manager for Compassion & Choices, said in a release.

“Regardless of race, religion, political affiliations or socio-economic conditions, people in New Jersey value their right to have end-of-life choices and to preserve their dignity in the instances of terminal illness.”

Legislation is working its way through committees.

The Death with Dignity Act (A3328 and S2259) was introduced last fall.  In February, the Assembly Health Committee released the bill 7-2-2.

According to the poll, 65 percent want the legal option for a peaceful death if they are terminally ill; 25 percent would not want this option.

Majorities across party, racial, regional, gender, socio-economic status and other groupings report they want to have this option for a measure of control in their own life, according to the poll.

The poll results are based on a survey of 601 likely November 2013 voters in New Jersey. The survey, commissioned by a national non-profit Compassion & Choices, was conducted by telephone during March 20-24.

The margin of error for the sample overall is +/-4.1 percentage points.

Poll finds support for right-to-die bill