Monday, March 21, 2005
Federal Intervention in Schiavo Case Prompts Broad Public Disapproval
March 21, 2005 -- Americans broadly and strongly disapprove of federal intervention in the Terri Schiavo case, with sizable majorities saying Congress is overstepping its bounds for political gain.
The public, by 63 percent-28 percent, supports the removal of Schiavo's feeding tube, and by a 25-point margin opposes a law mandating federal review of her case. Congress passed such legislation and President Bush signed it early today.
That legislative action is distinctly unpopular: Not only do 60 percent oppose it, more — 70 percent — call it inappropriate for Congress to get involved in this way. And by a lopsided 67 percent-19 percent, most think the elected officials trying to keep Schiavo alive are doing so more for political advantage than out of concern for her or for the principles involved.
This ABC News poll also finds that the Schiavo case has prompted an enormous level of personal discussion: Half of Americans say that as a direct result of hearing about this case, they've spoken with friends or family members about what they'd want done if they were in a similar condition. NEARLY EIGHT IN 10 WOULD NOT WANT TO BE KEPT ALIVE.
(But God would tell King Goerge, Dr. First and Nurse DeLay to keep you alive anyway because it's the moral/decent/compassionate/christian/yadda yadda/blah blah thing to do to energize cancervative voters--in a non-political way, of course.)