The sense of Congress is that...

Frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits lead to unnecessary tests and procedures, primarily enrich lawyers, and significantly drive up the cost of health care.

166

38%

269

62%

The minority position is that medical malpractice lawsuits keep doctors and hospitals accountable, compensate people who are maimed or injured, and have a minimal effect on health care costs.

We also asked independent voters this question on January 12, 2011. See the results here.

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Results calculated from Resurgent Republic survey data of self-identified independent voters, June 20-June 23, 2010, N=290, margin of error +/-5.75%