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State of New York

History of Reform Efforts: New York

Opinion Polls and Surveys

Justice at Stake Campaign (2001)
52% of New York judges reported that they were under pressure to raise campaign funds during election years, 68% strongly supported disclosure of campaign contributions, and nearly 74% favored a generic proposal for public financing of judicial elections.

Marist Institute for Public Opinion (2003)
83% of New Yorkers believed that campaign contributions have some or a great deal of influence on judicial decisions, and 87% stated that judges should not be allowed to hear cases involving campaign contributors. 79% of voters believed that having to run for reelection has at least some influence on judges' decisions, and 78% believed that poltical parties have a great deal or some influence. Click here for complete poll results.