Suicide morality as seen by U.S. adults by religion 2013

This statistic displays the percentage of U.S. adults by religion and ethnic background, that says a person has a moral right to suicide under certain circumstances as of 2013. Some 47 percent of white Catholics agreed that a person had a moral right to suicide if they were ready to die and living was a burden. In the last 15 years, the percentage of people saying that medical professionals should do everything possible to save a patients life has increased.

Views of U.S. adults on morality of suicide in selected circumstances in 2013, by religion

Is in a great deal of pain, no hope of improvementHas incurable diseaseIs ready to die, living is now a burdenIs an extremely heavy burden on family
All adults62%56%38%32%
White mainline Protestant71%64%37%31%
White Catholic67%62%47%40%
Hispanic Catholic56%46%33%23%
White evangelical Protestant42%36%25%24%
Black Protestant42%34%26%21%
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Release date

November 2013


United States

Survey time period

March 21 to April 8, 2013

Number of respondents

1,994 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

Original question: "Do you think a person has a moral right to end his or her own life under any of the following circumstances? When this person..."
Data value for those saying "there is no moral right" or "don't know" are not shown. Whites and blacks are those who are non-Hispanic. Hispanics include those of any race.

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