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History of Reform Efforts: Ohio

Opinion Polls and Surveys

Justice at Stake Campaign (2001)
55% of Ohio judges reported being dissatisfied with the tone and conduct of judicial campaigns, and 81% indicated that the situation had gotten worse over the past five years. 75% expressed concern that special interests were trying to use the courts to shape policy. 57% supported a generic proposal for public financing of judicial elections.

League of Women Voters Survey (2002)
49% of voters believed that campaign contributions influence judges and judicial candidates to a great extent, and 34% believed that campaign contributions influenced judges and judicial candidates to some extent. 23% strongly agreed and 41% agreed that significant reform of the current judicial campaign finance system is required. 49% strongly agreed and 40% agreed that every source of financial support for judicial candidates should be fully disclosed.