Year: 1995 Source: Social Science and Medicine, v.40, no.12, (1995), p.1671-1681 SIEC No: 19950109

The influence of religiosity, political self-perception & education on American public opinion toward euthanasia & the physician’s role in performing it was examined. Results suggest that highly educated, politically liberal respondents with a less religious self-perception are the most likely to accept active euthanasia or suicide in the case of a terminally ill patient. A tendency to distinguish between active euthanasia & suicide was clearly affected by religious affiliation & education.