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Comment & Response
February 2017

US Democrats’ vs Republicans’ Views on Compensating Living Kidney Donors—Reply

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  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville
JAMA Surg. 2017;152(2):211. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.4108

In Reply We thank Dr Rosati for raising an important matter. Because the topic of our article,1 compensating live kidney donors, is in the realm of regulatory and political discourse, political affiliation could affect how individual US voters view compensating those who give up an organ.

The goal of our work was to determine, in the broadest fashion, how voting Americans generally perceived compensating donors rather than how party affiliation affected respondents’ views. Therefore, our survey asked about political affiliation of respondents in order to affirm that the aggregate of all replies was representative of the US voting public. We did not seek to determine that membership in one party or another (or none) would, by itself, sway individuals toward or away from the idea that living kidney donors should be compensated. However, in an analysis of the results, all data points were included to determine any trends in terms of the respondents’ self-identified characteristics. When answers were filtered by political affiliation, there were no significant changes in the distribution of the data.

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