Monday, April 04, 2005

Polls telling stories

Remember stories of poll results during the Terri Shiavo kerfufle that reportedly showed that 80% of Americans would have preferred to have died rather than be in her situation? At the time, there was criticism that the questions were slanted for that result.

Consider this, from Zogby International:
"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.
Hat tip: Powerline, who said:
That's obviously a fairer way of describing Terri Schiavo's situation than most polls used. The only thing that bothers me about the Zogby data is that I haven't been able to find the complete poll results anywhere; even Zogby's own site only has a "Life News" story about the poll.