10/13/2014 10:19 EDT | Updated 12/13/2014 05:59 EST

Key findings of assisted suicide poll on eve of SCOC hearing into issue

OTTAWA - Some key findings from a recent poll of 2,500 Canadians on assisted suicide:

• 90 per cent agree that the terminally ill should not be forced to endure drawn-out suffering; 91 per cent say that palliative care is not enough.

• 84 per cent agree with the statement that a doctor should be able to help someone end their life if the person is mentally competent, suffering unbearably and asks for assistance to die.

• Support for assisted death is highest in Nova Scotia (89 per cent) and B.C. (87 per cent), followed by Ontario (85 per cent) and Quebec (84 per cent). Support is lowest in Saskatchewan and Manitoba (79 per cent).

• There is no statistically significant difference in support by age group, community size or income level.

• There was slightly lower support among those who hadn't graduated from high school (75 per cent) compared to those with greater levels of education (83 to 87 per cent).

• There were high levels of support from both the religious and non-religious. In total, 80 per cent of all Christians support assisted dying, including 83 per cent of Catholics.

The online survey of 2,515 people was conducted between Aug. 21 and 29. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.

Source: Dying With Dignity Canada, Ipsos-Reid