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Harvard Poll: Federal Judges Influenced by Politics, Most Say

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By    |   Monday, 03 December 2018 05:51 PM

Most Americans think federal judges' rulings are affected by their political views, a new poll reports, according to The Hill.

A recent Harvard CAPS/Harris poll shows most of American voters (66 percent) think federal judges are "influenced by politics," and their rulings are based "more and more on their political views." Only 34 percent said federal judges act independently and base their rulings on written law.

"The public only wishes that [Chief Justice John] Roberts has been right – they believe that judges are too political today and that there are, in fact, Trump judges and Obama judges," said Mark Penn, co-director of the Harvard CAPS/Harris poll.

Over half (56 percent), think the federal judiciary is made up mostly of judges who were appointed by either President Donald Trump or former President Barack Obama whose decisions are made "on the basis of their political views as much as the law" – while 44 percent said the United States has a "strong and independent judiciary."

The poll surveyed 1,407 registered voters in total. Of those, 705 were asked if they "think federal judges today are mostly independent and ruling just on the basis of the law or are they influenced by politics and ruling more and more on their political views." The other 702 were asked if "today in America we have a strong and independent judiciary or do we have Trump and Obama judges who make decision on the basis of their political views as much as the law."

The Harvard CAPS/Harris poll was conducted from Nov. 27-28, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 to 4 percentage points.

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