Table 1

Sociodemographic characteristics of the two samples after poststratification

VariableLevels (Germany/Switzerland)GermanySwitzerland
Sample sizen=1007n=1003
Perspective: surrogaten=505 (50%)n=501 (50%)
Femalen=517 (51%)n=507 (51%)
Age (years)M=48 (SD=18.4)M=43.6 (SD=15.6)
Household sizeM=2.5 (SD=1.6)M=2.8 (SD=1.7)
Employedn=574 (57%)n=694 (69%)
Education
 0Compulsory educationn=568 (60%)n=580 (58%)
 1Upper secondary educationn=245 (26%)n=115 (12%)
 2Collegen=129 (14%)n=308 (31%)
Income
 0 <€1500/<SFr7000n=234 (31%)n=316 (32%)
 1 <€2500/<SFr9000n=223 (30%)n=165 (17%)
 2 <€4000/<SFr12 000n=189 (25%)n=163 (17%)
 3 > €4000/>SFr12 000n=102 (14%)n=132 (13%)
City size
 0 <5000/<2000n=157 (16%)n=130 (13%)
 1 <20 000/<10 000n=270 (27%)n=134 (13%)
 2 <100 000/<200 000n=278 (28%)n=347 (35%)
 3 <500 000/> 200 000n=147 (15%)n=391 (39%)
 4 > 500 000/NAn=155 (15%)
Living willn=265 (26%)n=134 (13%)
Designated a surrogaten=449 (45%)n=260 (26%)
Organ donorn=215 (21%)n=235 (23%)
  • ‘Compulsory education’ comprises all educational levels below Abitur (Germany) and Matura (Switzerland). ‘Upper secondary education’ indicates completion of Abitur/Matura. ‘College’ comprises all educational levels equivalent to a university degree or higher.

  • NA, not applicable.