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Missouri "Do Not Call" List: An AARP Survey

The findings from this survey show overwhelming support among Missouri residents for expanding the state's "do not call" law to eliminate the exemptions that allow many telemarketers to call residents whose names are in the statewide "do not call" registry with 59% strongly supporting and 17% somewhat supporting the expansion. The survey also found that...

  • Three-quarters of Missouri residents view telemarketing calls as an invasion of their privacy and an unwelcome intrusion and 46% find it difficult to detect legitimate telemarketing calls.
  • Nearly four in ten Missouri residents placed their names on the statewide "do not call" registry that prohibits telemarketers from calling them, but more than six in ten of these residents are still receiving telemarketing calls from organizations, such as telephone companies other than their own and firms with which they have an ongoing business relationship.
  • Support for expanding the "do not call" law to eliminate the exemptions is especially high among residents on the list (73% strongly support), and is also very high among residents not on the list (51% strongly support).

Between March 22 and April 12, 2002, 817 Missouri residents age 18 and older were interviewed by phone. The survey was conducted for AARP by Woelfel Research, Inc., and the report prepared by Joanne Binette of AARP Knowledge Management. (19 pages)

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