Wednesday, April 13, 2011
When Roxy Kurze posted on her Facebook page that her husband desperately needed a kidney transplant, her plea for help was answered. Fortunately, most Americans have never been confronted with this situation. But nearly half of Adults appear ready to respond.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 28% of Americans say they know someone who has received an organ transplant. Sixty-seven percent (67%) do not know someone who’s been in that situation. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
But Americans are evenly divided when asked if they are an organ donor: 48% say they are, while just as many (48%) are not.
Those who are organ donors are more likely to have known someone who received a transplant than those who are not donors by a 33% to 24% margin.
Sixty-four percent (64%) of all adults think most organ transplants are at least somewhat successful, including 24% who say they are Very Successful. Only four percent (4%) say most organ transplants are unsuccessful, with one percent (1%) who believe they’re Not At All Successful. Nearly one-out-of-three adults (31%) are not sure.
(Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 10-11, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95%level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
ORRasmussen Reader subscribers can now get full access to current articles for 1 year for $24.95
Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.
We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.
Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $4.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.
To learn more about our methodology, click here.