POLL: NEW YORKERS SAY LAWSUIT ABUSE COSTLY, TIME FOR REFORM

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***For Immediate Release***
June 6, 2016
Contact: Phoebe Stonbely
pstonbely@lrany.org
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NEW YORKERS SAY LAWSUIT ABUSE COSTLY, TIME FOR REFORM
Siena Poll Finds Legal Reform Enjoys Bipartisan Support;
Majority of Voters Say System Out of Date and Often Abused by Lawyers

Albany, NY – Today the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (LRANY) released the results of a recent Siena Research poll showing that a vast majority of New Yorkers agree that lawsuits have a negative impact on the state’s economy. 75% of respondents agree that lawsuit abuse costs jobs, drives healthcare costs, and results in higher taxes. 79% of those surveyed say that the civil justice system is out of date and rife with abuse by personal injury trial lawyers. Other notable results:

  • 86% of Republicans and 76% of Democrats support reforming New York’s civil justice system
  • 79% of those surveyed believe that it is time to bring New York in line with the other states by enacting common sense reforms including ensuring that liability is proportional to fault and raising the standards for court room evidence
  • By age group, broadest agreement that the system needs reform is from 18-34 year olds (84%)
  • Union households reported 78% support for legal reform
  • Regionally, strongest support (81%) from NYC suburbs, who were also most likely (9%) to have been involved in a lawsuit within the last five years

“This confirms that most New Yorkers, whether Democrat or Republican, agree with our position that the state’s civil justice system is broken and taken advantage of by self-serving lawyers. The end result – as 75% of those surveyed agree – is a crumbling economy with fewer jobs, higher taxes, and sky-rocketing healthcare costs,” said LRANY Executive Director Tom Stebbins.

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The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (LRANY) is a nonpartisan not-for-profit association of businesses, professionals, healthcare providers, membership organizations, taxpayers, and concerned citizens committed to changing New York’s legal system to help create jobs and energize our economy.

This Siena College Poll was conducted May 22-26, 2016 by telephone calls conducted in English to 825 New York State registered voters. It has an overall margin of error of +/- 3.9 percentage points. The Siena College Research Institute, directed by Donald Levy, Ph.D., is an independent, non-partisan research institute that conducts political, economic, social and cultural research primarily in New York State.

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