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November 9, 2016

Trump Voters Overwhelmingly Support Lawsuit Reform, Finds ILR Election Night Poll

The populist wave that swept Donald Trump to the presidency has a strong undercurrent of support for lawsuit reform, according to an Election Night survey released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR).

“The results of the survey demonstrate that American voters – and Trump voters in particular – say that there are too many lawsuits and lawyers are the main beneficiary of the current system,” write Bill McInturff and Lori Weigel, of Public Opinion Strategies, which conducted the nationwide survey for ILR.

You can view their analysis memo here as well as the full election night survey here

The survey found a cautionary tale for Congress heading into the midterm elections in 2018. Specifically, more than two-thirds (76 percent) of voters overall – and 84 percent of Trump voters – said that Congress passing laws allowing trial lawyers to bring more lawsuits would have a negative impact on the economy.

Further, 40 percent of Trump voters said they are less likely to support their Member of Congress if he or she backs a law that would allow for more lawsuits; and, a strong majority (66 percent) of those voters believe that lawyers are the main beneficiary of the current lawsuit system.

A full 72 percent of voters said that if the next Congress were to pass laws allowing trial lawyers to bring more lawsuits, it would give them a less favorable impression of Congress. 

“The survey clearly demonstrates little desire to move backward on lawsuit reform, and a strong sense – especially among Trump voters – that lawsuits are a problem and they primarily help lawyers, not victims,” conclude McInturff and Weigel. 

The voters have spoken. The mandate for lawsuit reform is clear. 

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