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Will Corporate Misbehaving Make CO a 'Worried Swing State' in '08?

July 23, 2007

Sometimes the headlines can seem all doom and gloom, especially when it comes to corporate scandals. A new poll finds that's one reason 82 percent of Americans, are worried about the future of the middle-class - worry that could have national implications in the next election, especially in a swing state like Colorado. Jon Haber is with the American Association for Justice, which commissioned the poll.

"They're concerned about corporate misconduct as a major source of that anxiety. And they think the civil justice system is an important place to hold wrong-doers accountable."

Sara Odendahl from the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association says the civil justice system has suffered in recent years, in part because of tort reform, but the tide has been turning recently in Colorado.

"With the election of the Democratic state and house and the Democratic governor, I think we are seeing some provisions in state law that will help to protect consumers against corporate wrong-doing or other issues that they may encounter."

Odendahl agrees that many Americans are worried about the effect of corporate irresponsibility on the future of the middle class.

"Coloradoans, like most Americans, are concerned with the potential for corporate misconduct, with the influence big corporations have on the legal system; most importantly, on the right to a fair trial."

The poll also finds concern with health care issues and notes that "worried swing voters," like those in Colorado, could play a pivotal role in the 2008 election.

The poll is available at www.justice.org/pressroom/CJSPollMemo.pdf.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO