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Poll: Genetic Testing

Would you consider having your genetic profile analyzed to learn if you are susceptible to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer and diabetes?

  Total 18-49 50+
Yes 29% 29% 28%
No 70% 70% 69%
Don't know/No response 2% 1% 3%



Have you ever undergone any type of genetic testing?

  Total 18-49 50+
Yes 8% 9% 7%
No 92% 91% 93%
Don't know/No response 0.3% -- 1%



Which of the following items are reasons why you haven't been tested?

  Total  
18-49  
50+
Cost 32% 32% 32%
You're skeptical of science 12% 12% 12%
You don't want to know results 21% 21% 21%
You're concerned that someone else may get the results 20% 20% 20%
You've never given it any thought/never thought about it 63% 60% 67%
Don't want to/not interested/don't see the need/it's not a concern 8% 6% 11%
Don't know what it is/don't know enough about it 0.7% 0.9% 0.5%
Don't have the time 0.3% -- 0.7%
Other 3% 3% 3%
None 3% 3% 3%
Don't know 2% 2% 1%



Who do you think should have access to your genetic information besides your doctor?

  Total 18-49 50+
Insurers 1% 1% 0.4%
Employers -- -- --
Schools 0.1% 0.2% --
Adoption agencies 0.1% -- 0.3%
Military 0.3% -- 0.6%
Only you 66% 70% 61%
Family members 29% 25% 33%
Research/for research purposes 0.2% 0.1% 0.4%
Anyone 0.4% -- 0.8%
Other 1% 1.2% 1%
No one else 4% 4% 4%
None 1% 1% 1%
Don't know/No response 1% 1% 1%



When thinking about genetic testing, if a genetic test showed that you could live to be 100, would you:

  Total 18-49 50+
Take better care of yourself 49% 43% 45%
Live a wilder/adventurous life 22% 28% 15%
Start another career 19% 23% 15%
Start another romance 10% 11% 8%
Save more money 45% 50% 39%
Not change a thing 35% 32% 38%

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