Lawyers benefit most from lawsuits, while victims and consumers are least likely to benefit, according to an Election Day survey of voters conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.
In addition, most respondents do not want Congress to pass laws making it easier for the plaintiffs' bar to expand litigation in America.
If such laws were passed, they would have a negative impact on the economy, most respondents said.
The Institute said the results of the survey give Congress a mandate for lawsuit reform.
“I think the results are a further example of the way that voters are feeling,” John Pastuovic, of the Illinois Justice League, said.
“It is bad for business, bad for creating new and meaningful jobs in Illinois because of the putrid litigation environment that is occurring here,” Pastuovic said. “The frivolous-lawsuit environment is hurting corporations, and it is hurting the hard-working men and women of this state.”
Pastuovic cited a study his organization did that indicated Madison County in Illinois had a rate of 8.2 lawsuits per 1,000 people, compared with an average rate of 1.2 per 1,000 among 99 other counties.
The study also found that a third to one half of all asbestos lawsuits in the entire country are filed in Madison County.
When asked who they thought benefited most from the current lawsuit system, 55 percent of the ILR survey's respondents said lawyers. Only 5 percent said victims and 4 percent said consumers.
Voters were asked whether they would be more or less likely to vote for their members of Congress if they voted for “expansion of lawsuits by trial lawyers.”
While 61 percent said it would make no difference, 31 percent sad they would be less likely to vote for these lawmakers.
When asked what effect laws passed allowing trial lawyers to bring more lawsuits would have, 76 percent of respondents said it would be either somewhat or very negative.
Most respondents said there are too many lawsuits clogging up the court system and forcing consumers to pay more for goods and services.
“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,” Bill McInturff and Lori Weigel, of Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican polling and political strategy firm, said.
Approximately 84 percent of Trump voters said Congress passing laws allowing trial lawyers to bring more lawsuits would have a negative impact on the economy.
Furthermore, 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, with 66 percent of those voters responding that lawyers are the main beneficiaries of the current lawsuit system.
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