SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – As California lawmakers consider a bill allowing terminally ill patients to obtain life-ending medication, a new KPIX 5 / SurveyUSA poll found strong support of the bill among Bay Area residents.
The poll of 500 Bay Area residents (.pdf) found 68 percent of respondents supported the right-to-die measure, 22 percent were opposed and 10 percent were not sure.READ MORE: 'The Father Is A Hero'; Oakland Man, 1-Year-Old Daughter Die In Horrific Arson Fire
Majorities supporting the measure were found among all age groups surveyed and among Democrats (77 percent), Republicans (62 percent) and independents (69 percent). The survey had a margin of error +/- 4.2 percent.READ MORE: Antioch Teen Fatally Wounded In Saturday Night Shooting; Angry Crowd Confronts Police
If approved, Californians who have less than six months to live would be allowed to obtain medication to end their lives. Patients would have to take the medication themselves, without help from a doctor.
The bill was prompted by the case of Brittany Maynard, a Bay Area woman who moved to Oregon to end her life last year after she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Oregon is one of five states that currently allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs.MORE NEWS: Video: Solano County Sheriff's K9 Subdues Suspect Fleeing On Foot After High-Speed Pursuit
Opponents of the measure include religious groups and the California Medical Association, who says it conflicts with the doctor’s role as a healer.