Public opinion is firmly divided on whether organ donation should be opt-in, as it currently is in the UK, or opt-out, as it is in many other European countries, according to an ITV News poll by ComRes. Older people are more likely to agree with the current 'opt-in' system.
- 44% agree with the current system: it should be presumed that people have not agreed to donate their organs, unless they have opted to do so.
- 42% think we should adopt a system were consent is presumed: people's organs should be donated, unless they have expressly opted-out of doing so.
- Among those aged 65 and over, 50% think organs should not be donated unless consent is expressly given.
ComRes surveyed 2,055 people.