61% vote for euthanasia in the country


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Only 41% believe that Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa’s law will be approved by the legislature.

Almost two thirds of Portuguese (61%) guarantee that they would vote in favor of euthanasia if the decriminalization of medically assisted death were put to a referendum. According to the data of the poll carried out by Aximage for DN, JN and TSF, only 41% of those interviewed believe in the possibility that the President of the Republic will approve the law in this legislature – 31% are convinced that Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will not do it and 28% “do not know”.

Asked how they would vote in a referendum, 17% said they would vote “against”, 9% said they would not vote and 13% did not have an opinion. Among the 61% who would vote in favor, the youngest, aged 18 to 34, stand out (70%). Among respondents over the age of 65, only 48% said they would vote yes.

The Constitutional Court (TC), recall, at the end of January, for the second time, rejected the decree approved in Parliament by understanding that it has unconstitutional rules. Since 2020, it was the third time that the deputies approved the measure. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa vetoed the decree once and twice asked the TC for a preventive review of the decree.

The parliamentary leader of the PS, Eurico Brilhante Dias, announced two days after the court’s decision that the deputies would analyze the ruling and approve the changes they considered “appropriate”. The PSD leader, meanwhile, guaranteed that the party would again propose holding a referendum at the beginning of the next legislative session (i.e., starting in September). “No more stubbornness. The discussion on euthanasia must leave the four walls of the Parliament,” declared Luís Montenegro at the time.

The survey was conducted by Aximage for DN, TSF and JN, with the aim of assessing the opinion of the Portuguese on issues related to WYD. The fieldwork took place between February 10th and 16th, 2023, and 807 interviews were conducted among people over 18 years of age residing in Portugal. A quota sample was used, obtained through a matrix crossing gender, age and region (NUTSII), from the known universe, rebalanced by gender, age group and education. For a probability sample of 807 interviews, the maximum standard deviation of a proportion is 0.017 (i.e. a “margin of error” – at 95% – of 3.45%).


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