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Latest Poll Suggests Margin Narrowing On Assisted Suicide Ballot Question

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BOSTON (AP) - A new poll shows support for all three initiatives on the Massachusetts ballot next month, but approval for the so-called "death with dignity" question appears to be slipping.

The Suffolk University/WHDH-TV poll shows Question 2 supported by a 47 to 41 percent margin, compared with a 64-27 percent margin of backing in a similar poll taken six weeks earlier.

The proposal would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending medication at the request of certain terminally ill patients.

Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed backed Question 1, which would require automakers to share diagnostic and repair information with independent mechanics. Fifty-five percent backed Question 3, which would allow marijuana to be used for some medical purposes.

The survey of 600 likely voters, conducted Oct. 25-28, had a margin of error of plus or minus four points.

This program aired on October 31, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

Carey Goldberg Twitter Editor, CommonHealth
Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth blog.

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