Terri Schiavo Polling Data: See? I Told You So!
From “The Knowledge Gap & The Terri Schiavo Case” (March 28, 2005)
“Sadly, the liberal media has campaigned as hard to put Terri in the ground as they did for John Kerry during the election. The polling data on this issue? It has come almost exclusively from pro-death push polls that don’t adequately explain to the public what’s happening.
…There has been a full court press on in the conservative media to let the public in on these details, to let them know that the State is erring on the side of death here, but unfortunately, Terri Schivao will likely be dead before the truth gets out…”
From If You Have A Problem With Saving Terri Schiavo, You Have A Problem With Conservatism (March 29, 2005)
“If you’re looking for the line of demarcation in this case with conservatives/Republicans, it’s not between social conservatives and market based conservatives, it’s for the most part between those of us on the right who’ve been informed of the many troubling details of this case and those of us who haven’t. Slowly, but surely, the word is getting out despite the best efforts of the mainstream media, and you will see opinions change as the facts come out. But sadly, Terri Schiavo is going to be killed in the interim…”
“…The Zogby poll found that, if a person becomes incapacitated and has not expressed their preference for medical treatment, as in Terri’s case, 43 percent say “the law presumes that the person wants to live, even if the person is receiving food and water through a tube” while just 30 percent disagree.
Another Zogby question hits directly on Terri’s circumstances.
“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.
…”When there is conflicting evidence on whether or not a patient would want to be on a feeding tube, should elected officials order that a feeding tube be removed or should they order that it remain in place,” respondents were asked.
Some 18 percent said the feeding tube should be removed and 42 percent said it should remain in place.
…The poll found that 49 percent of Americans believe there should be exceptions to the right of a spouse to act as a guardian for an incapacitated spouse. Only 39 percent disagreed.
When asked directly about Terri’s case and told the her estranged husband Michael “has had a girlfriend for 10 years and has two children with her” 56 percent of Americans believed guardianship should have been turned over to Terri’s parents while 37 percent disagreed.”
I wasn’t planning to post about Terri Schiavo for another few days, but I just had to chime in and say, “See? I told you so.”