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State of Missouri

History of Reform Efforts: Missouri

Opinion Polls and Surveys

Justice at Stake Campaign, Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts, Missouri Institute for Justice (2007)
According to a statewide poll, 71% of Missourians supported the current system of judicial selection, and 73% wanted judges to be independent of elected officials like the governor and state legislature. Only 1 of every 50 respondents saw changing the way judges are selected as a top priority for state government.

Federalist Society (February/2007)
68% of respondents reported having trust and confidence that the Missouri Supreme Court makes decisions based on law rather than political beliefs. 65% supported changing the way that members of the appellate judicial commission are selected.

Federalist Society (September/2007)
65% of respondents supported changing the way that members of the appellate judicial commission are selected. 60% believed that the governor should be able to reject the first list of nominees and request a second list from the commission.