AARP’s Connecticut State Office, in response to its commitment to ensure affordable electric rates and consumer protections for all residents, commissioned this survey to explore the views of 50+ residents regarding new ways to purchase electricity and the establishment of consumer protections. Those ages 50+ represent 39 percent of all adults in Connecticut.
Key findings include:
- Eight in ten Connecticut residents age 50+ are concerned about the rising costs of electricity in their homes, and many think they are currently paying too much for electricity.
- Most Connecticut residents age 50+ believe the Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) should find ways to reduce electric rates, and many think elected officials are not doing enough to help electric utility customers.
- The vast majority of Connecticut residents age 50+ supports legislation to establish consumer protections for electric utility customers of new electric suppliers.
- Nearly six in ten 50+ residents in Connecticut say would be more likely to vote for a candidate for state office who supports strengthening consumer protections for electric utility customers and only one percent say they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who supports this.
These results are based on a telephone survey of 802 Connecticut residents age 50+ fielded by Woelfel Research Inc. from March 21 - April 1, 2011. For more information, please contact Joanne Binette at 202.434.6303.