Sunday, April 03, 2005
Via Powerline, Zogby asked the following question, and somehow people are taking this to have some relation to the Terry Schiavo situation:
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.

So what this means to me is that 21 percent of the people understood what the question was trying to ask, and the others didn't want us to start starving people in wheelchairs. This question defines the class of people way too broadly. Someone with carpal tunnel syndrome falls into this question. The question almost seems to be about torture or some sort of Logan's Run solution for disabled people. It is just a really bad question, and is so flawed it has no real value whatsoever.

I wonder why the results are "quite different" than other polls...
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