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48% Say They're Organ Donors

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.

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 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.

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