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Slovaks support euthanasia

MORE than one half of Slovaks agree with allowing a seriously ill person to ask for his or her life to be ended with the assistance of a doctor. This is the result of a public opinion poll that the Focus agency conducted for the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) political party, the SITA newswire reported in early September.

MORE than one half of Slovaks agree with allowing a seriously ill person to ask for his or her life to be ended with the assistance of a doctor. This is the result of a public opinion poll that the Focus agency conducted for the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) political party, the SITA newswire reported in early September.

The poll showed that as many as 55.9 percent of the respondents agreed (17.7 percent) or somewhat agreed (38.2 percent) with the practice of euthanasia. More than one third (35.6 percent) were opposed or somewhat opposed to it, while 17.9 percent somewhat disagreed with it and 17.5 percent completely disagreed.

In general, 58.8 percent of the respondents think it is important to deal with the issue of euthanasia, the TASR newswire reported.

In terms of the religious affiliation of the respondents, 47 percent of those who consider themselves to be firm believers stated that the topic of euthanasia needs to be addressed in Slovakia. This opinion was shared by 61 percent of less firm believers, 63 percent of atheists and 57 percent of agnostics.

The survey was carried out on a sample of 1,051 respondents aged 18 and over between July 22-29 and is in line with an SaS initiative to start a public debate on euthanasia in Slovakia. Euthanasia is not allowed in Slovakia.

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