Ipsos-Reid poll on right to die "simplistic and misleading"

    OTTAWA, June 11 /CNW/ - A recent poll conducted by Ipsos-Reid suggesting
that 76 percent of Canadians support the 'right to die' is "simplistic,
misleading and of little value" according to the Institute for Canadian
    "It's not surprising that Canadians support the concept of 'right to
die'," said Joseph Ben-Ami, Executive Director of the Institute for Canadian
Values. "Such an ill-defined term can mean anything from taking one's own life
to refusing medical treatment. As a method of discerning what Canadians really
think about the issue, the question is virtually meaningless."
    "The same can be said regarding 'doctor-assisted suicide'," explained
Ben-Ami. "This term can mean anything from withholding treatment at the
request of a terminally ill patient to administering a lethal injection to a
person suffering from depression, or experiencing some sort of personal
    "Attitudes toward death and dying are exceptionally complex. By reducing
the subject to one or two questions, Ipsos-Reid has produced results that are
simplistic, misleading, and of little value to the ongoing debate."

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For further information: Joseph Ben-Ami, (416) 710-2355

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