|[November 07, 2012]
Nine Out of Ten Voters Say 'Meritless' Lawsuits are a Serious Problem, Support Continued Legal Reforms
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--
The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) released a national
survey today that reveals 89% of voters who cast ballots in
Tuesday's election believe there are too many "meritless" lawsuits,
while eight out of ten want the next Congress to continue reforming the
The poll was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for ILR and surveyed
a total of 1,600 voters on Election Day. The findings reflect the
electorate's overall concerns about the status of the economy.
"On election day, creating jobs to grow the economy was top-of-mind for
voters. The results of this poll show that voters understand the high
costs of lawsuit abuse and support pro-growth legal reforms," said Lisa
A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.
According to a survey
released in September, seventy percent of the more than eleven hundred
company general counsels and senior attorneys who participated said a
state's lawsuit environment is likely to impact important business
decisions at their company, including where to locate or expand their
businesses. This number is up thirteen percent from the same survey
conducted five years ago, before the recession.
Key findings from the newly-released survey include:
95% of voters say small business views should be taken into account in
Washington, while only 43% believe they are currently taken into
Eight out of ten voters said that Congress should continue to reform
the lawsuit system;
By a 10-point margin, voters believe that trial lawyers have excessive
influence in Washington;
By a more than five-to-one ratio, voters said they would be more
likely to reelect their Member of Congress in the future if he or she
voted for reforms to end lawsuit abuse by trial lawyers.
ILR seeks to promote civil justice reform through legislative,
political, judicial, and educational activities at the national, state,
and local levels.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation
representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all
sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and
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