ABC News Genetic Engineering Poll, April 1990 (ICPSR 9458)

Published: Nov 28, 2006

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This survey centers on issues relating to genetic engineering. Respondents were asked if they would consider having a child by artificial insemination, and if so, how important it would be to know the medical, genetic, and social background of the sperm donor. They were also asked if they would consider ending a pregnancy if genetic tests showed any of a number of traits or problems in the fetus. Additionally, respondents were asked if employers should have the right to demand genetic testing before hiring, if insurance companies would be justified in refusing to insure people whose genetic tests indicated the likelihood of serious disease, and if they would consider changing a child's inherited characteristics by changing the child's genetic structure in the womb. Background information on respondents includes education, age, religion, marital status, sex, race, state/region, and if the respondent had children.

ABC News. ABC News Genetic Engineering Poll, April 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-11-28.

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1990-04-26 -- 1990-05-06

1990-04-26 -- 1990-05-06

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Households were selected by random digit dialing. Within household, the respondent selected was the adult living in the household who last had a birthday and who was at home at the time of the interview.

Adults aged 18 and over living in households with telephones in the 48 contiguous United States.

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