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Legislative Issues for New Jersey: AARP Member Opinions

AARP Member Opinion Research

This mail survey of 1,222 AARP New Jersey members examines their opinions about long-term care, prescription drug affordability, property tax reform, and consumer protection.

  • Members overwhelmingly (81%) support the state expanding community-based long-term care in lieu of nursing home care, even if it requires shifting resources away from funding nursing homes.
  • Securing the future of the state's prescription assistance programs for low-income, elderly and disabled residents has top or high priority for 86 percent of members.
  • Almost all respondents (92%) support a special state legislative session being convened in 2003-2004 that would address the issue of property tax reform.
  • Extremely protective of the privacy of their financial information, members place top (71%) or high (20%) priority on the state legislature requiring financial institutions to obtain consent prior to releasing personal information to third parties.
  • Impressive majorities (70% to 85%) say they would be more likely to vote for a candidate for state office who supports their positions on these issues.

The survey was conducted in August 2003. The report was prepared by Millie DePallo and Katherine Bridges, AARP Knowledge Management. For more information, contact Katherine Bridges at 202-434-6329. (20 pages)

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