The State of State Courts: A 2016 NCSC Public Opinion Survey

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NCSC contracted with GBA Strategies to conduct a comprehensive public opinion survey of 1,000 registered voters.  The survey was conducted by telephone between November 14-17, 2016.  Survey findings are considered accurate within  +/- 3.1 percent, 19 times out of 20.

Key findings of the survey include:

  • There are signs of positive momentum in public trust -- but innovation and technology concerns persist;
  • A glaring lack of understanding about court funding is reflective of misperceptions about government spending generally;
  • If courts lead on fines and fees reform, the public will follow;
  • The public believes that the ethnicity of a judge may impact fairness.

For more detail on the survey findings, read this six-page summary from the pollster, or download the presentation slides.