Rasmussen: 62% Want to Elect Judges Instead of Having Them Appointed

Tuesday, 31 Aug 2010 10:18 AM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
An overwhelming majority of U.S. voters believe that judges should be elected rather than appointed, according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey.

The Rasmussen results Monday came out a day before the Los Angeles Times report that a politicized appointment process has left 1 in 8 federal judgeships vacant across the country. The lag in appointments is taking a serious toll on justice, the Times quotes legal scholars as saying.

Rasmussen, which discovered that 62 percent of the voters favor electing judges during a national telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters on Aug. 26 and 27, explained the finding by tying it to the fact that 53 percent believe judges have their own political agendas.

Almost 40 percent of voters say most judges in the country are too liberal, the survey found, while 18 percent believe most judges are too conservative and 31 percent, the judges are about right ideologically.

Only 29 percent believe that judges generally remain impartial, the survey found. Republicans and unaffiliated voters overwhelmingly believe that most judges have their own agendas. Democrats are evenly divided.

The findings also are consistent with a broader theme echoing through the political environment: Many people believe that government officials simply are not listening to the voters, Rasmussen’s analysis says.

A plurality of liberal and moderate voters say most judges are about right, but 65 percent of conservatives say most judges are too liberal.

These numbers show that voters view most judges as a bit more liberal than the Supreme Court, Rasmussen says. Just 33 percent believe the Supreme Court is too liberal, while 27 percent say it’s too conservative.

As for the federal vacancies, the Times noted that Democrats accuse Republicans of blocking appointments, while Republicans blame the Obama administration for lagging in appointments.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Diplomats Owe NYC $16M in Unpaid Parking Tickets

Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 07:38 AM

New York City is owed over $16 million in unpaid parking tickets issued to foreign diplomatic vehicles.The Department of . . .

Henry Paulson: Climate Change Biggest Risk to Economy

Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 07:14 AM

Former treasury secretary Henry Paulson said that the single biggest risk that exists to the economy today is climate  . . .

Judge Orders Extra Voting Help for Alaska Natives

Monday, 22 Sep 2014 20:37 PM

A federal judge on Monday ordered the state to take additional steps to provide voting materials to Alaska Native voters . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved