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"In too many states, judicial elections are becoming political prizefights where partisans and special interests seek to install judges who will answer to them instead of the law and the Constitution."
--Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Polling Excerpts


Polling of average voters, business leaders and judges themselves shows overwhelming concern about the impact of special interest money on the integrity of American courts.

83 % of all voters said that campaign contributions have a "great deal" or "some" influence on a judge's decisions.

84 % believe all contributions to a judicial candidate should be "quickly disclosed and posted to a web site."

Source: Justice at Stake
October 2011 national poll


95 % believe that judges should remove themselves from cases involving campaign contributors (77 % believe it is “very important” judges avoid such cases.)   
78 % are “very” or “somewhat” concerned that judicial candidates have to raise more money, run television advertising, and potentially seek party and political interest group support. 

Source: Justice at Stake
January 2008 poll of Minnesota Citizens


97 % of all elected state Supreme Court justices said they are under a “great deal” of, or some pressure to raise money during their election years. More than 90% of all elected judges said they are under pressure to raise money in election years. 

Source: Justice at Stake
2001 National poll of state and local judges


79 % of business leaders believe that campaign contributions made to judges have at least some influence on their decisions in the courtroom.

90 % of business leaders are concerned that campaign contributions and political pressure will make judges accountable to politicians and special interest groups instead of the law and the Constitution.

Source: Committee for Economic Development
2007 national poll of business leaders


81% believe judges should not decide motions asking them to step aside, believing that other neutral jurists should make that call

Source: Justice at Stake
2009 National Poll


More than 90% believe judges should not hear cases involving individuals or groups that contributed to their campaign

Source: USA Today/Gallup
2009 National Poll


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