Lawyers benefit most from lawsuits, while victims and consumers are least likely benefits, an Election Day survey of voters indicates.
In addition, most respondents don't want Congress to pass laws making it easier for attorneys to file lawsuits, the survey, commissioned by the U.S Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), suggests.
If such laws were passed, this 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.
William Large, from the Florida Justice Reform Institute, told Florida Business Daily, “I think the American voter is very clear that they do not want to see increased pathways to more litigation.”
When asked who they thought benefited most from the current lawsuit system, 55 percent said lawyers, 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 said they would be less likely to vote for the members.
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 that lawyers are the main beneficiary of the current system,” Bill McInturff and Lori Weigel, of Public Opinion Strategies, which conducted the survey, 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 members of Congress if they support 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.