Schiavo case - real American opinion


The MSM——particularly the AP——distorted the facts in this case, ran a phony biased poll, publicized what it turns out was a fake "GOP Talking Points Memo," all to create (as Pew did with Campaign Finance Reform) the notion that American public opinion opposed intervention in this matter and were in full agreement with the outcome. Lefty pundits were quick to suggest the Congress and President had acted far out of the mainstream and would suffer for their effort.
Not so fast.
A Zogby poll, after the facts of the case were better known and were asked the questions in a less—biased way, shows something far different:
Washington, DC ( —— Polls leading up to the death of Terri Schiavo made it appear Americans had formed a consensus in favor of ending her life. However, a new Zogby poll with fairer questions shows the nation clearly supporting Terri and her parents and wanting to protect the lives of other disabled patients.

The Zogby poll found that, if a person becomes incapacitated and has not expressed their preference for medical treatment, as in Terri's case, 43 percent say "the law presume that the person wants to live, even if the person is receiving food and water through a tube" while just 30 percent disagree.

Another Zogby question his directly on Terri's circumstances.

"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.

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