Mayo Clinic has conducted a survey that shows "the public's support for both living and deceased organ donation is increasing."
According to Mayo, 84 percent of respondents said they would be very or somewhat likely to donate a kidney, or part of a liver, to a close friend or family member "and an astounding 49 percent said they would be very or somewhat likely to consider donating a kidney to someone they have never met."
The telephone survey of 1,004 adults was conducted March 21-24 by ORC International. The survey has a sampling error of plus-or-minus three percentage points.
In 2001, Gallup reported that 76 percent of people surveyed would be likely to donate a kidney to a close friend, and 24 percent to a stranger.
"Compared to the 2001 survey, the Mayo survey shows willingness to donate to a close friend or family member has increased significantly, and willingness to donate to a stranger has more than doubled," the clinic reported.