USA TODAY Snapshots on Thursday ran this poll response.
If told they would be diagnosed sometime with an incurable disease, what adults say they'd do:
Study and aggressively pursue treatment at any cost: 52%
Spend all saving to fulfill dreams of travel, luxury, pleasure: 6%
Go on an 'extreme" adventure or try something they ordinarily wouldn't: 5%
Quit job: 1%
None of the above: 22%
Interesting spread of reactions, possibly having to do with the odd wording of the question. Would be diagnosed sometime? What if I told you someday you were going to die, how would that change your outlook on life?
I have a feeling that people responded to the question based on what they thought the question was--my guess is the "study and treat at any cost" people are reading that they have been hypothetically diagnosed. I'm guessing also that you could only pick one anser because I have to believe than some of those same people might upon being diagnosed with a fatal disease, decide not to go to work the next day.
What are the "none of the above" people planning to do?
And in a country with a religious right that is starting impact our society in a myriad of ways, might not a possible answer be "pray?" Or how about "Explore alternative medicines?" These are statistics I am at least as interested in as how how many people would go to Disney World.