A new study says large majorities of people surveyed online in Hawaii (76 percent) and California (72 percent) support physician-assisted death.

The study, published earlier this month in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, was conducted because aid-in-dying laws are “gaining more public acceptance and support,” the study’s abstract explained, adding, “it is important to understand diverse perceptions toward physician-assisted death.”

Among the findings:

  • older participants surveyed were more supportive of physician-assisted death in both states;
  • all ethnic groups were equally supportive;
  • completion of advance directives was not a significant predictor of attitudes toward physician-assisted death; and
  • persons who reported that faith, religion or spirituality was less important to them were more likely to support physician-assisted death in both states.

The major influences on the attitudes to physician-assisted death were religious and spiritual views and age, not ethnicity and gender, the study concluded.


In a press release highlighting the survey, Mary Steiner of Compassion & Choices Hawaii noted, “The Asian support in Hawaii for physician-assisted death (also known as medical aid in dying) is especially significant because this demographic group represents the majority (53 percent) of the state’s population.”

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