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"With business and interest groups pouring more and more money into state judicial elections ... the public can't be faulted for concluding that donors are getting what they pay for, namely favorable treatment from judges who are supposed to be impartial."
Tony Mauro, USA Today opinion column

Civic Knowledge and Public Trust

“To know more about courts may not always be to love them, but to know them is to learn and think that they are different from other political institutions (and often therefore more worthy of trust, respect, and legitimacy).”
-Scholars James L. Gibson and Gregory A. Caldeira, in a 2009 paper about the U.S. Supreme Court

Public opinion data show that greater public knowledge about the courts correlates with greater trust in them, while polls also suggest that the public knows little about the courts

According to a National Center for State Courts public opinion survey in 2009, civic knowledge leads to higher trust. According to the poll, 83 percent of those familiar with the mechanics of government had at least “some” confidence in the judiciary, compared with just 65 percent in the lowest-knowledge group.  
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