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New poll shows strong support for lawsuit reform
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Aug. 22, 2012 12:01 a.m.

A newly released poll from the American Tort Reform Association and the grassroots Sick of Lawsuits campaign shows a majority of voters believe lawsuits hurt economic growth.
The poll, which surveyed 1,013 U.S. registered voters and was conducted by Luce Research from July 11-19, 2012, shows that 89 percent of American voters call lawsuit abuse a “problem,” – a view that cuts across party lines as 94 percent of Republicans, 89 percent of Independents and 86 percent of Democrats all say it’s a problem.
Another key finding in the survey shows that 78 percent of the respondents agree, “Enacting lawsuit reform is an important part of improving the U.S. business environment and attracting and keeping jobs.”
Clearly, voters understand that we have a lawsuit abuse problem and that it hurts our economy but like anything, admitting there is a problem is the first step. Here in Illinois we have to go beyond that first step and begin to take action. We have to hold our elected leaders accountable. The time has come to take a stand and make sure the people representing us share our concerns about the abuse of our courts.
If Illinois is going to “Create Jobs – Not more Lawsuits,” then voters have to pay attention to local legislative and judicial elections and hold their elected officials accountable. If Illinois is going to get on the right track economically, then lawmakers need to enact meaningful lawsuit and the only way they will do so is if they hear from the 90 percent of Americans who understand the severity of the lawsuit abuse problem in Illinois and throughout the nation.

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