Dignitas clinics should be allowed to open in the UK say the UKs over 50s

Monday 7 September 2015

Just days before a Parliamentary vote on assisted dying a survey of almost 10,000 over 50s shows that two in three over 50s support legislation that would allow Dignitas clinics to open in the UK.

dignitas clinics should be allowed to open in the UK say the UKs over 50s

The recent poll of Saga customers also showed that surprisingly only 17% opposed the change with the remainder having no strong opinion either way.

Perhaps most surprisingly is the very fact that on this subject alone in the poll there was very little regional or gender variation, showing perhaps society wants a discussion and debate on the subject.

Saga’s Paul Green commented “This is an incredibly emotive subject, and the results of our poll of nearly 10,000 people may surprise. Rather than putting the issue to one side as being too difficult to contemplate, many older people in the UK want a real debate on the subject.”

Whilst there was little regional difference younger over 50s were more likely to be open minded to the subject of a review of the legislation.

When asked ‘To what extent do you support or oppose a change in legislation so that Dignitas, the Swiss assisted suicide clinic, would be allowed to set up a clinic in the UK’ the results were as follows:

 

All age ave

50-59

60-69

70-79

80-89

90+

Net support

61%

67%

64%

55%

52%

64%

Neither support nor oppose

18%

15%

17%

21%

22%

25%

Net oppose

17%

13%

15%`

21%

23%

11%

Don’t know

4%

5%

3%

3%

3%

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Ends

Notes to editors

Populus interviewed 9,794 Saga customers over the age of 50, online from 20th to 26th August 2015.  Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules

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