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Voters Don’t Trust Judges But Think Politicians Should Leave Them Alone

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Donald Trump has been rebuked even by some leaders in his own party for his public criticism of the Obama-appointed federal judge who is handling the lawsuit against Trump University. Most voters agree judges are motivated by politics more than the law but are less comfortable with dragging judges into the political debate.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 37% of Likely U.S. Voters believe most judges are impartial and guided by the law. Fifty-four percent (54%) think instead that most judges let politics influence their decisions. Ten percent (10%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 6-7, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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