TAMPA BAY, August 19, 2004 ( – A recent national poll found that 46 percent of Americans felt that Terri Schindler-Schiavo should continue to receive her nutrition and hydration through a feeding tube, while 32 percent felt that her feeding tube should be removed.  Twenty-two percent said that they did not know or that they had no opinion.

Respondents were asked:

Terri Schiavo is a disabled woman in Florida who currently receives food and water through a feeding tube.  Her husband, who lives with another woman and with whom he has two children, says she would prefer to die.  Her parents, sister and brother say that she would prefer to live and should be given therapy to live without her feeding tube.  Do you feel that Terri should continue to be fed or should her feeding tube be removed causing her death?

“Clearly, more Americans agree with the family of Terri Schindler-Schiavo, the Florida legislature, and the Governor of Florida that Terri has a right to life and should not be starved and dehydrated,” said Megan Dillon, director of Media Relations for the National Right to Life Committee.

This survey, conducted by Wilson Research Strategies August 13-15, 2004 was taken among a sample of 1,000 adults nationwide and has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.