Politicians supporting a bill legalising assisted dying may potentially stop it from going to a referendum, according to a Herald poll of MPs.

But plenty are staying tight-lipped in the lead-up to what may be a crucial vote on the controversial legislation.

When Act Leader David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill returns to Parliament this month, MPs will have to make a crucial vote about whether it should go to a referendum if it passes a third and final reading.

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The bill's supporters could keep a referendum off the table

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Opponents of the bill could save the referendum but may not want to

The public would likely say yes

The bill chances at third reading are thin without the referendum