Mar 6, 2014
04:39 AM
Connecticut Politics

Q Poll: Voters Support Aid in Dying, Still Don't Like Keno, Split on Scope of Gun Laws

Q Poll: Voters Support Aid in Dying, Still Don't Like Keno, Split on Scope of Gun Laws

Jennifer Swift

Just about twice as many Connecticut voters support assisted suicide/aid in dying legislation than those who oppose it, a Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday shows.

According to the poll, individuals from all ages, party and genders support the possible bill that would allow doctors to prescribe drugs to individuals with terminal illnesses to end their own lives, with 61 percent for it and 32 percent against. 

“Public support for allowing assisted dying in Connecticut is a very personal issue, crossing partisan, gender and age lines,” poll director Douglas Schwartz said in a statement.

However, when asked if voters themselves would seek to take their own lives with the assistance of a doctor, 39 percent said they would not in any case, 33 percent said they would if suffering from a terminal disease and 12 percent said they would if suffering from a terminal disease and in pain.

The poll also took the pulse of Connecticut voters on other policy issues including the state’s gun-control laws, the death penalty and Keno.

According to the poll, 57 percent of voters support the state’s gun control laws passed last year, versus 39 percent in opposition. The poll shows27 percent of voters say the laws make Connecticut safer, 12 percent say less safe and 55 percent say there is no difference. Voters are also split on the scope of the law—with 36 percent reporting the laws go too far, 30 percent say they don’t go far enough and 29 percent say they are about right.

The state legislature passed a law to permit the bingo-like game of Keno last year as a way to fill a budget gap, but they are now seeking to repeal the law, saying the surplus funds are no longer needed. Keno has always been unpopular among voters, and this time around 65 percent of voters are against it, and 29 percent for it. That’s higher than the 59 percent who were against it just last June, and a bit lower than the 70 percent against it in March 2010.

Connecticut repealed the death penalty in 2012, replacing it instead with life in prison without possibility for parole. Connecticut voters are tied at 47 percent for approving or disapproving that law. However when it comes to outright support of the death penalty, 57 percent of voters support it while 34 percent are against. Favorability of the death penalty in Connecticut has been falling for a few years.

“Support for the death penalty has dropped 10 points in three years, from a high of 67 percent to a low of 57 percent. Perhaps this is a case of opinion following policy, as Connecticut abolished the death penalty in 2012,” Schwartz said in a statement. “As we’ve seen in our past polls on the death penalty, when voters are given the choice of death penalty or life in prison with no chance of parole, support for the death penalty drops. When asked the question this way, voters are evenly divided.”

 

Q Poll: Voters Support Aid in Dying, Still Don't Like Keno, Split on Scope of Gun Laws

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