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Table 1 Background characteristics of the respondents to the online survey (n = 1965)a

From: Public and physicians’ support for euthanasia in people suffering from psychiatric disorders: a cross-sectional survey study

  No. %
Demographics
 Gender
  Male 992 50.5
  Female 973 49.5
 Age (years)
  16–39 414 21.1
  40–69 1144 58.2
  ≥ 70 407 20.7
 Composition household
  Living with partner 1446 73.6
  Living without partner 519 26.4
 Education
  Low 552 28.1
  Middle 636 32.4
  High 777 39.5
 Ethnicity
  Dutch 1897 97.7
  Non-Dutch 45 2.3
 Belongs to a philosophic sector
  Yes 954 49.2
  No 984 50.8
 Considers philosophy important
  Yes 378 19.2
  No philosophy / philosophy not important 1587 80.8
 Urbanization living area
  Low urban 759 39.0
  Middle urban 402 20.7
  High urban 783 40.3
Health status
 General health
  (very) good 1626 82.7
  Moderate – (very) bad 339 17.3
 Presence depression
  Yes 79 4.0
  No 1886 96.0
Characteristics related to EAS
 Experience: someone close has requested a physician for EAS
  Yes 657 33.5
  No 1305 66.5
 Opinion: Do you think it is a good thing that there is an euthanasia law
  Yes, I reckon I would request EAS 1498 76.4
  Yes, but I would never request EAS myself 241 12.3
  No, I do not think it is good to have this law 14 0.7
  No, I am against EAS 99 5.0
  Do not know 110 5.6
 Knowledge: Psychiatric patients are not eligible for EAS (incorrect).
  Agree (incorrectly answered) 536 27.3
  Disagree (correctly answered) 681 34.7
  Do not know 748 38.1
  1. a Number of missing varied between 0 and 27 (1.4%)