University of Denver

New Poll Reflects Support for Retention of Iowa Justices

Former Manager, Quality Judges Initiative

According to a statewide poll, 47 percent of voters favor retaining the four justices standing for retention in November, while 24 percent oppose their retention and 25 percent are undecided. Poll results also show little residual anger over the supreme court’s 2009 decision recognizing a right to same-sex marriage, which resulted in the retention defeat of three justices in 2010. Forty-one percent of voters view the court favorably, while only 18 percent have an unfavorable opinion. A strong majority of voters also believes that the court should be insulated from political pressure as it interprets the constitution.