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Assignment 6 - Assignment 6 "Surveys" Goal: Learn...

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Assignment 6 – “Surveys” Goal: Learn to extract critical evaluative data from surveys and evaluate their worth. Below are two surveys of the same topic with different results. http://www.harrisinteractive.com/harris_poll/index.asp?PID=561 A 70 to 29 percent majority of adults are in favor of a law that would "allow doctors to comply with the wishes of a dying patient in severe distress who asks to have his or her life ended." This is an increase from the 65 to 29 percent majority who felt this way in 2001, but less than the 73 to 24 percent majority who did so in 1993. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1042442,00.html In a TIME poll conducted last week, 52% of Americans surveyed said they agree with the Oregon law, vs. 41% who did not. 1) For each survey, indicate a. The sampling frame Harris Interactive: United States adults TIME: United States adults b. The number surveyed Harris Interactive: 1,010 people TIME: 1,010 people c. The survey method Harris Interactive: By telephone TIME: By telephone d. Indicate the “actual question used” for each poll HINT! The Time survey will require digging. The information is there but you will have to go to another website. Who did Time use to conduct the poll? Harris Interactive: "Do you think that the law should allow doctors to comply with the wishes of a dying patient in severe distress who asks to have his or her life ended, or not?" “In 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that individuals do not have a constitutional right to doctor-assisted suicide. Do you agree or disagree with this decision?” "There is an Oregon law which allows doctor-assisted suicides for PATIENTS WITH LESS THAN SIX MONTHS TO LIVE. Doctors are allowed to help these patients end their lives –but only if – all of the three following conditions are met: 1) The patient requests it three times; 2) There is a second opinion from another doctor; and 3) There is a 15-day waiting period for the patient to change his or her mind. Would you favor or oppose such a law in your state?"
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course PSYCH 310 taught by Professor Atchley during the Spring '08 term at Kansas.

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