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The majority of New Zealanders support the legalisation of euthanasia

It has been over a year since the passing of Lecretia Seales, a young woman who fought a legal battle to allow her doctor to end her life without prosecution after she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Lecretia’s story sparked a nationwide discourse about euthanasia. In order to gauge public opinion and support for the legalisation of euthanasia, we conducted a poll in June-July 2015 and repeated the same poll in October this year.

We found that, almost two-thirds (65 percent) of respondents agreed that doctors should be allowed by law to help a terminally ill person end their life, if they requested this. This is almost exactly the same result as last year.

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