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Aamulehti: Most Finns support euthanasia

Every three out of four Finns are in favour of euthanasia for the incurably ill, according to a survey published by the newspaper Aamulehti. The poll indicates that 77 percent of respondents would support euthanasia if it was something terminally ill patients wanted for themselves.

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Opponents of euthanasia numbered 12 percent of respondents, while about a tenth of them were not sure either way.

Nearly half—44 percent—said they would want to undergo euthanasia if they were to become incurably ill.

More euthanasia supporters were found among high earners than those with low incomes. This option received the backing of 83 percent of respondents earning 70,000 euros a year before tax. Among those whose gross income didn’t reach 10,000 euros a year, views on euthanasia were less favourable: just under half of them said they supported it.

Over 1,000 Finns aged 15-79 were interviewed for the survey, which was conducted by pollster Taloustutkimus. The margin of error was three percentage points.

Sources: YLE

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