Opinions on the reliability of genetic testing in the U.S. as of 2018

This statistic depicts the percentage of U.S. adults that felt certain aspects of genetic testing were or were not reliable as of 2018. According to the data, 57 percent of respondents felt that genetic testing's ability to predict whether a person might develop a certain disease was "somewhat reliable" at that time.

Percentage of U.S. adults that felt select aspects of genetic testing were or were not reliable as of 2018

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Source

Release date

June 2018

Region

United States

Survey time period

June 13 to 18, 2018

Number of respondents

1,109 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview, online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question: "As you may know, scientists have developed tests that can use the DNA sequence of a person’s genes to help predict whether an individual, or their future children, might develop certain diseases, as well as to diagnose whether they have certain diseases. Similar tests can also be used to identify where a person’s ancestors came from. How reliable would you say these genetic or DNA tests are at the following?...)"

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