In Conclusion, Much Of The Data Agrees, Religiosity Should

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In conclusion, much of the data agrees, religiosity should have an inverse relationship with opinions on doctor assisted suicide. Religiosity, as well as, race and denomination seem to be significant predictors when assessing the likelihood of supporting or opposing euthanasia or doctor assisted suicide. The most difficult part of analyzing previous research is understanding if all the researchers define certain concepts in the same way. This makes it hard to adequately compare studies due to the possible misalignment of data from one author to the next. It is also difficult to remove bias in studies such as these. When asking people to self-assess their religiosity, it could be very difficult for them to give an accurate answer for fear…show more content…
The control variable, coded income06, had 11524 valid cases. The independent variable in this study is strength of religious affiliation, which is represented in the GSS under the name reliten. The question asked for this variable is, “Would you call yourself a strong (PREFERENCE NAMED IN RELIG) or a not very strong (PREFERENCE NAMED IN RELIG)?” The attributes available are the responses given are: strong (713), not very strong (690), somewhat strong (165), no religion (387), don’t know (6), along with those who did not answer (8) or were not applicable (5). This variable was recoded into 3 categories. This was done because the two middle categories, somewhat strong and not very strong, are quite ambiguous and the stronger category of the two could not be identified. To recode the variable, the responses somewhat strong and not very strong were placed into one category. The rest of the missing data were coded as sysmis. The dependent variable is determining whether incurable patients should be allowed to die, found under the code letdie1. The question presented for this variable is, “When a person has a disease that cannot be cured, do you think Doctors should be allowed by law to end the patient 's life by some painless means if the patient and his family request it?” The attributes and the responses for this variable include: yes (848), no (402), don’t know (44), and those who did not answer (8) or were not

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