Lawyers benefit most from lawsuits, while victims and consumers are least likely to benefit, an Election Day survey suggests.
Furthermore, most respondents do not 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, said.
If 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.
Earl Hunter, executive director of the South Carolina Civil Justice Coalition, said he was not surprised by the results of the survey.
“I would say the survey was right on target," Hunter said. "I feel many of the citizens in our state, the business community certainly, feel the same way,” Hunter told Palmetto Business Daily.
Hunter said there has been some progress, with the state moving up three places to 36th in the Institute for Legal Reform’s Lawsuit Climate Survey. This was mainly because of changes to trespass responsibility, Hunter said.
“Efforts are beginning to bear fruit, but there is more to do,” Hunter said.
“Many people across the country are frustrated by the frivolous, cottage industry,” Hunter said, adding that he was not surprised that voters do not want legislation that makes it easier for lawsuits to be filed.
When asked who they thought benefited most from the current lawsuit system, 55 percent said lawyers. Only 5 percent said victims, and 4 percent said consumers.
Respondents 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 sad they would be less likely to vote for the member.
When asked what effect laws passed allowing trial lawyers to bring more lawsuits would have, 76 percent of those who responded to the question said it would be either somewhat or very negative.
The vast majority of those who took part in the survey believe 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 lawyers are the main beneficiary of the current system,” Bill McInturff and Lori Weigel, of Public Opinion Strategies, which conducted the survey for the Institute, 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 legislation that would allow for more lawsuits, and 66 percent of those voters believe that lawyers are the main beneficiaries of the current lawsuit system.