The findings from this survey show overwhelmingly strong support for a new telemarketing law in New Jersey that would give residents the option of placing their name and phone number on a "do not call" list. The survey also found that...
- Nearly three-quarters of New Jersey residents receive telemarketing calls more than once a week; most respondents find these calls to be an invasion of their privacy,
- Nearly all New Jersey residents support a "do not call" list law, and would be very or somewhat likely to place their name and phone number on this list.
- The vast majority of respondents would support laws requiring telemarketers to be registered and bonded; to obtain written permission before gaining access to consumers' bank accounts; to tell consumers at the beginning of a call they are trying to sell something; and to tell consumers the total cost of a product before the sale is final.
Between December 11, 2001 and January 6, 2002, 900 age 18 and older New Jersey residents were interviewed by phone. The survey was conducted for AARP by the Southeastern Institute of Research, and the report prepared by Katherine Bridges of AARP Knowledge Management. (13 pages)