An important American Association for Justice poll reveals that voters are significantly worried about corporate malfeasance — especially regarding the pharmaceutical industry — and aren’t likely to rally behind political candidates who advocate tort reform. Less than a quarter of those polled believed that juries award too much money to victims of personal injury.
Among other important findings:
- “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.”
Previously on the D.C. Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog, we have posted articles concerning:
- A “lost pants” lawsuit that shows the legal system isn’t frivolous
- A lack of data supporting “tort reform” measures
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