Monday, August 08, 2005

Good News, everyone

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Polysigh points out the latest Pew poll:
while a majority of Americans (53%) oppose allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, support for gay marriage is at its highest point since July 2003. For the first time, a majority (53%) favors permitting gays and lesbians to enter into legal arrangements that would give them many of the same rights as married couples.
Opposition to gay marriage is down 4 points from last December, support for civil unions is up 5 points.

The number of people supporting stem cell research keeps rising. Opponents claim to be most influenced by religion (52%), while "media" (31%) and "education" (28%) dominate the supporters.

Most Americans (74%) oppose Congressional involvement in the Schiavo issue, in retrospect.

The death penalty is as popular as it was, but only 37% support it for minors (46% of Republicans).

Men are more supportive than women of physician assisted suicide and allowing doctors to give terminally ill patients the means to die.

That last one is interesting. I expect it reflects distrust that women have for (mostly male) doctors. If women don't trust doctors, they won't trust doctors to decide that treatment has been exhausted.

I'd be curious what the medical bloggers think of that stat.