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Largest ever poll on assisted dying shows 82% of public support Lord Falconer’s proposed change in the law

Dignity in Dying | Dignity in Dying

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Terminally ill people are calling on the next Government to give time for parliamentary debate in My Last Vote video;Poll finds 44% of people would break the current law and help a loved one to die; the penalty for doing so is a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.

More than four out of five of the public support Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill to give terminally ill, mentally competent people the legal option of assistance to die with dignity, according to the largest ever poll on the issue released today.

The poll of 5,000 people by Populus also found that 53% of people would think more positively about an MP who supported assisted dying, while only 10% would think more negatively. Support for assisted dying is consistent, with over 75% support across the country, amongst supporters of all political parties, of all ages and socio-economic groups. For example, the survey showed 80% of Christians want to see assisted dying made legal.

To tie-in with the launch of the poll a new video called ‘My Last Vote’ features testimonies from four terminally ill people who want their last vote in a General Election to count towards a Parliament that will finally legislate on the issue of assisted dying. You can watch the video here: