New Poll Reveals Voter Anxiety about Corporate Misconduct, Support for Strong Civil Justice System to Ensure Accountability and Fairness

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New Poll Reveals Voter Anxiety about Corporate Misconduct, Support for Strong Civil Justice System to Ensure Accountability and Fairness 

For Immediate Release: July 12, 2007

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Washington, DC—A national poll of 2008 voters by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, Inc. reveals significant anxiety concerning corporate misconduct and large support among voters for a strong civil justice system to ensure corporate accountability and fairness.

A memorandum summarizing the poll’s findings concludes:

  • Americans are deeply worried about their nation’s future, and concern about corporate misconduct is a major source of their anxiety.  “Worried swing voters,” who see corporate irresponsibility as a central problem, may play a pivotal role in the 2008 election.

  • Voters support the civil justice system as an important remedy for corporate misconduct, and reject legal “reforms” that restrict plaintiffs’ ability to hold corporations accountable and obtain fair restitution.

  • Voters will support candidates who defend the civil system over candidates who assail “frivolous lawsuits” and advocate “tort reform.”  Pro-civil justice candidates not only command overwhelming support from swing voters, but also appeal to significant blocks of Republicans.
“This poll demonstrates overwhelming voter support for a civil justice system ensuring that those who have been injured by the wrongdoing or negligence of others can receive justice and fair compensation – even when taking on the most powerful interests,” said American Association for Justice CEO Jon Haber. “It shows wide support among voters for a vital  civil justice system continuing to provide a level playing field for people to hold corporations accountable when they seek to evade responsibility for their misconduct.   For more information on the poll results, click here.

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