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Poll: Arizonans support a right-to-die law for terminally ill

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PHOENIX — Arizonans are in favor of a law that would allow someone who is terminally ill and mentally competent to self-administer a lethal injection, a poll said.

The poll, conducted by the Behavior Research Center of Arizona, said the law would garner the most support among older residents and those registered to vote as either Democrat (72 percent) or Independent (65 percent). Republicans were split on the hypothetical measure.

The law was also viewed more favorably by Caucasians or Hispanics. There was a 10-point drop in approval outside of those demographics.

Slightly less than 60 percent of men would back a right-to-die law, compared to about 55 percent of women.

The poll asked 700 adults around the state their thoughts on a hypothetical right-to-die law between Oct. 24 and Nov. 5.

Five states have a right-to-die law: Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Montana and California, whose bill was signed into law early last month. California’s law is not expected to go into effect until 2016.

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