Majority Disapprove of Catholic Hospitals’ Stance on Assisted Dying

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Majority Disapprove of Catholic Hospitals’ Stance on Assisted Dying

Half want public funds withheld

In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1124 Ontario voters, the majority disapprove of the practice of publicly funded Catholic Hospitals who refuse to allow patients to seek a referral for assisted dying (57%), and this position is especially characteristic of the youngest (62%), the very wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 64%), among Liberals (63%) and New Democrats (73%). Approval of the hospitals’ position (27%) is characteristic of mid income groups ($60K to $80K - 31%) the city of Toronto (31%) and among PCs (39%).

Half want public funding withheld until hospitals change

One half of Ontario voters want Catholic hospitals to be denied public funding until they allow patients to seek referrals for assistance in dying (47%), and 4-in-10 think the opposite (39%). Wanting funding withheld is common to the youngest (52%) the wealthiest ($80K to $250K - 53%), northern Ontario (57%), among New Democrats (54%) and college graduates (52%).

“The concept of fairness is ingrained in our perceptions of public services, and when citizens see institutions which flout the law receiving public money, it bothers them. The dissonance between public values and Catholic values will always be an irritant in Ontario, as long as Catholic institutions receive public funding" said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.