Giving the Gift of Life: Half of Americans Say They're Registered Organ Donors


Nearly one quarter of adults say they're not but would consider it; two in ten wouldn't consider

NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 120,000 people are currently on the waiting list to receive a lifesaving organ transplant. Just one organ donor can save up to eight lives. However, with a new name joining this list every 10 minutes and 22 people dying each day while waiting, the gap between supply and demand continues to grow as donation rates stagnate.

According to a recent Harris Poll, just over half of American adults (51%) say they are currently registered organ donors. There remains sufficient room to increase this number, however. While a total of 44% of Americans say they aren't registered donors, 23% state they'd consider becoming one.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,212 U.S. adults surveyed online between August 12 and 17, 2015. Full results of this study, including data tables, can be found here.

The registered

Organ donors identify two key reasons why they chose to register: it's comforting to know their organs will serve a purpose after they die (69%) and they want to help someone in need (60%).
  • Millennials and Gen Xers are particularly likely to say they registered because they want to help someone in need (69% & 63% vs. 52% Baby Boomers & 47% Matures). Continue reading

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