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April 07, 2005

According To Zogby Poll - Americans Appear To Have Been Misled About Terri Schiavo's Condition (Updated)

Concerned Women for America (CWA) says a new Zogby Poll that accurately depicts Terri Schiavo's medical condition sharply contradicts findings from earlier polls. New data shows that 80 percent of Americans disagreed with Judge Greer's starvation order that ultimately resulted in Terri's death.

(...) this week's poll asked: "If a disabled person is not terminally ill, not in a coma, and not being kept alive by life support, should or should they not be denied food and water?" This accurately describes Terri's condition. Only 7 percent said people in this condition should be denied, while 80 percent said they should not be denied food and water.

(...) Another question ... "Michael Schiavo has had a girlfriend for 10 years and has two children with her. Considering this, do you agree or disagree that Michael Schiavo should turn guardianship of Terri over to her parents?" These facts were widely unknown by the American public throughout Terri's battle. In the poll, 56 percent of Americans agreed that Michael Schiavo should have turned over Terri's guardianship to his parents due to the conflict of interest provided by his adultery, with 35 percent disagreeing.

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Give Americans accurate information, and the polling comes out quite different than the MSM polls done to slant the public against Terri's life being saved.

Update: Thanks to reader - actual Zogby poll report.

Posted by richard at April 7, 2005 07:36 AM

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I think we have to be careful in interpreting poll results such as these. The wording, particularly of the first example, is so vague that it renders the results quite useless for any serious analytical purposes. I mean, there are an estimated 6 MILLION Americans who are considered disabled under the ADA, the vast, overwhelming majority of which are living independent lives. While it does apply to Terri, it also applies to lots of other folks (myself included -- I have muscular dystrophy), and I think most people see and understand that distinction. No one is advocating genocide of everyone whose body is less than perfect, so questions like that are really kind of misleading and inflammatory, IMO.

Posted by: Becky [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 7, 2005 09:09 AM

The actual Zogby poll data is available at

Also among the questions: "Should elected officials intervene when there's conflicting testimony?" 54% say no and only 38% say it's okay to intervene.

Also 57% say hearsay should be allowed as evidence in these cases. Only 31% say it shouldn't.

Posted by: Lufta [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 7, 2005 10:28 AM

An important factor in the Zogby poll is they weighted the actual responses by region, age, party, and religion to "reflect the voting population". So it's not supposed to be representative of American opinion -- but rather, the voting American opinion.

Posted by: Lufta [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 7, 2005 10:33 AM

It is just crazy to me that someone would be o.k. with letting someone die on just hearsay. I just have a hard time with that and I think Terri's parents were right to fight for the guardianship of Terri. Alot of people I spoke with about this case had no clue that Michael was in another relationship with a woman and had 2 children with her, they just look at me blankly. The media did not do the best they could do in reporting the complete story.

Posted by: delphinius [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 7, 2005 10:42 AM

I have to agree with Becky. It seems designed to get the answer it wants, which isn't unlike a lot of other polls.

For instance, if I asked the question:

"If a private matter is put to the courts, and after hearing medical evidence and testimony of the parties involved, and after review from other judges it gives the same ruling 20 times, would you respect that decision?"

This question is one-sided and stacked for a "yes". You can't accurately apply it to the Schiavo case, for example, because it identifies only one factor. A real question would be:

"If a court made the same ruling 20 times, but the medical evidence was disputed, important testimony wasn't allowed, and the judge is found to have compromising connections to one side that have not been fully investigated, would you respect the decision?"

There'd be many more "no"s for that one.

Posted by: DimeStore [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 7, 2005 11:45 AM

I think some of the replies are missing the point. The fact that such as vastly different result occurs when the questions are worded differently is precisely why this is a hugely newsworthy poll, and yet to date I don't see it anywhere, not on drudge, or Fox news, much less the mainstream press sites. CBS runs a polls that is not only biased, but flagrantly false in it's facts, stating Schiavo was in a coma and on "life support", and it's literally everywhere. That poll arguably sealed her fate; I think it impacted Jeb Bush and some legislators, paralyzing them when they could have done more to save her.

Don't get wrapped up in how accurate the poll is people...see this story for the bigger thing it is, and that is the Media's selective coverage of information.

The poll isn't that skewed. People are coming around on Schiavo (frustratingly too late) because the true story is finally filtering out, the facts that the media didn't disclose.

Posted by: JLS [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 7, 2005 12:32 PM

JLS is right. The media had slanted the information and people were responding to a slanted question. This led to a comment that most Americans supported the death of Terri.

There is a quote: "Lies, damned lies, and statistics". The fact remains that these polls can be manipulated to skew public opinion, and that is precisely what we have witnessed.

There is a lot of work to be done to correct these errors in society, and to ensure that people find out the Truth before it is too late.

On my own blog I wrote about the need for a living will. However, what I mean by that is the Will to Live, or a medical directive. Mae, our latest victim has one of these directives, but her grand daughter has gone to court to make herself guardian and that means that she can over ride that existing directive.

Our job is to make sure that the MSM starts telling the truth and stops peddling the lies of the euthanasia culture of death crowd.

Posted by: Maggie4life [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 7, 2005 04:23 PM

57% say hearsay should be allowed as evidence

57% percent of farm animals?

This is VERY disturbing. These people's minds are so open their brains fell out.

Posted by: that woman [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 7, 2005 04:41 PM

Federal Judges Urge Congress, White House to Give Them More Protection
The Associated Press

Concerned about recent attacks, federal judges urged Congress Wednesday to provide them with more protection, including increased services by U.S. marshals and $12 million for home security systems. The request by the Judicial Conference of the United States follows the February murder of a federal judge's family in Chicago, the March courtroom shooting deaths in Atlanta and some critics' emotional comments after judges refused to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.

But a recent poll says Americans don't want to pay for increased security for judges.

Would you be willing to pay higher taxes to protect judges and other public officials?

* 19297 responses

Yes 22%

NO 78%

March 11-13, 2005 MSNBC.

Posted by: that woman [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 7, 2005 09:31 PM

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