The Right to Die II, November 2005

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This survey investigated Americans' opinions on end-of-life issues including euthanasia, decisions over stoppage of treatment, wills, and more. Religious variables include religious affiliation, church attendance, subjective importance of religion, and whether clergy at respondents' churches speak out on public issues, including end-of-life issues. The survey was commissioned by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Data File
Cases: 1,500
Variables: 120
Weight Variable: WEIGHT
Data Collection
Date Collected: November 9-November 27, 2005
Funded By
The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
Collection Procedures
Telephone interviews were conducted in English by Princeton Data Source, LLC.
Sampling Procedures
From Pew's methodology report: "The sample was designed to represent all continental U.S. telephone households. The telephone sample was provided by Survey Sampling International, LLC (SSI) according to PSRAI specifications. The sample was drawn using standard list-assisted random digit dialing (RDD) methodology. Active blocks of telephone numbers (area code + exchange + two-digit block number) that contained three or more residential directory listings were equally likely to be selected; after selection two more digits were added randomly to complete the number. This method guarantees coverage of every assigned phone number regardless of whether that number is directory listed, purposely unlisted, or too new to be listed. After selection, the numbers were compared against business directories and matching numbers purged." For more information, visit the Pew website: http://people-press.org/methodology/
Principal Investigators
The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
Related Publications
The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press Survey Report: "Strong Public Support for Right to Die", released on January 5, 2006