LETTER: Pollsters can get sums wrong

Edward Thomas [Letters, July 24] claims overwhelming popular support for the Assisted Dying Bill due to be debated in Parliament in September and calls upon Caroline Ansell, our MP, to follow popular demand. I do not agree.

For one thing opinion polls need to be scrutinised carefully. What was the question? How many people were polled? Pollsters can get their sums wrong – as the recent election has shown.

Perhaps a more reliable poll was carried out by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in 2013 when it consulted its members throughout the UK on assisted dying – 77 per cent of GPs said that RCGP should oppose any change in the law; 18 per cent favoured the RCGP adopting a neutral position. Only 5 per cent wanted to change the law.

Mrs Ansell has said at the recent election that she is opposed to any change allowing assisted dying. We should be grateful that we have an MP of integrity and strong moral principles. I would urge anyone also opposed to assisted dying to write to Mrs Ansell offering their support to her.

John de Waal

Ratton Road

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