FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 24, 2004

PUBLIC OPINION POLL RESULTS: MISSISSIPPIANS WANT LAWSUIT ABUSE STOPPED

(Jackson, Miss.) – Governor Haley Barbour joined Mississippians for Economic Progress (MFEP) today to release findings from a public opinion survey of more than 500 likely Mississippi voters, which indicated exceptionally strong support for changing Mississippi’s current legal system.

“This survey confirms what a majority of the Legislature already knows: Mississippians clearly realize that our legal system is in need of reform, and it is in need of reform now,” said Governor Barbour.

Public Opinion Strategies, of Alexandria, VA, surveyed voters and found these key findings:

· A majority of every region, race and political affiliation in Mississippi stated that the Legislature should take action now to end our lawsuit abuse

· 85% of all Mississippians believe that the number of lawsuits in Mississippi’s courts is a serious problem

· 70% of those interviewed say Mississippi’s lawsuit system is among the worst in the nation and is a major reason that businesses are more likely to leave or locate elsewhere

· 83% of those interviewed believe that small companies pay the price for excessive lawsuits, not just big corporations

· 78% of those interviewed say that personal injury attorneys benefit most from the current lawsuit system in Mississippi

“This opinion survey shows that Mississippians know ‘Jackpot Justice’ is a major problem for job creation and access to health care,” says Steve Browning, MFEP Executive Director. “It’s time that the House leadership do the work of the people and pass real civil justice reform legislation.”

 


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