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on assisted dying
Research demonstrates that the vast majority of the public support assisted dying for terminally ill patients.
Opinion polls also show that members of the public only support assisted dying in specific circumstances (i.e. patients with a painful incurable disease) with safeguards in place to ensure vulnerable people are protected.
The 2010 BSA (British Social Attitudes) survey  demonstrates overwhelming public support for assisted dying. 82% of the general public believe that a doctor should probably or definitely be allowed to end the life of a patient with a painful incurable disease at the patient's request . Previous BSA findings mirror this .
BBC's Panorama programme commissioned a public opinion poll which showed that 75% of the public thought that medical professionals should be allowed to help end the life of a patient with a painful condition or chronic illness from which they will die without fear of prosecution.
This figure was 73% when the person helping to end the life was a family member .
In a Times survey, conducted July 2009, 74% supported a change in the law, to allow doctor assisted death for terminally ill adults . The poll also found that 85% thought that if it were to be legalised, it should have strict safeguards and only happen in certain circumstances. Just 13% thought it should be legalised without restriction. This highlights an understanding of the subtleties in assisted dying debates.
 McAndrew S (2010) Religious faith and contemporary attitudes, in Park A, Curtice J, Thomson K, Phillips A, Clery E, Butt S (eds) British Social Attitudes: 2009-2010. The 26th Report London, Sage: 87-113
"Suppose a person has a painful and incurable disease. Do you think that doctors should be allowed by law to end the patient's life, if the patient requests it?"
 Clery E, McLean S, Phillips M (2007) Quickening death: the euthanasia debate, in Parks A, Curtice J, Thomson K, Phillips M and Johnson M (eds.) British Social Attitudes: the 23rd report: perspectives on a changing society London, Sage: 35-54
 Assisted Suicide Poll CATI Fieldwork January 8-10t 2010 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/01_02_10_Poll_results.pdf