According to a recent poll, the majority of Americans fear activist judges more than any other single threat, including toxic mold, illegal aliens, alien abduction or North Korea. The poll also found that most Americans feel far more threatened by activist judges today than they did this time last year.
A citizens' group moves to ban activist judges from purchasing homes in one neighborhood
By Deanna Swift
WASHINGTON, DC—Draped in black, they stalk the marbled hallways of our nation's power centers, armed with blunt wooden instruments. Their prey of choice: families. Now a new poll says that activist judges may finally be commanding the fear that they deserve.
The results of the poll confirm what many Americans have begun to suspect: activist judges represent a significant and growing threat to them and their family members. That threat, the poll reveals, is potentially more dangerous than toxic mold, North Korea, illegal aliens or alien abduction.
Fear Factor judges
According to the poll of 2,130 adults, conducted by Polltronics, Inc. between Tuesday and Friday of last week, 82% of Americans report feeling some fear of activist judges. Of that number, 14% of respondents said that they are "really, really scared," 23% identified themselves as "unable to sleep at night" and 31% said that they are currently "sleeping with the lights on." The remaining 32% had no opinion or were too scared to answer the question.
The results of the poll also reveal that the nation's fear of activist judges has soared since last year. When Polltronics surveyed the nation's anxiety levels last May, only 19% of Americans identified themselves as fearful of members of the judiciary who legislate from the bench.
Which is scarier?
Pollsters then presented respondents with a list of 8 different fear-inducing events or phenomena and asked participants to rank their threat level in comparison with activist judges. The list, read to participants in randomized order, included such threats as North Korea, alien abduction (without probe), burial alive, burial alive with snakes, crabgrass, toxic mold, illegal aliens and the French.
In each case, respondents ranked activist judges as 'somewhat scarier' or 'significantly scarier' than the comparative threat. The categories that rated most closely to activist judges in the level of terror they induced were alien abduction, toxic mold and the French. Activist judges were deemed far scarier than North Korea, alien abduction or crabgrass.
Neighborhood judge watch
Just how are Americans dealing with this new threat? Anecdotal evidence suggests that fearful citizens are increasingly resorting to activism to reign in the threat posed by judicial tyranny. In one neighborhood outside of Alexandria, VA, residents have gone so far as to post 'judicial watch' signs, warning that activist judges aren't welcome to buy homes or even rent apartments there. "We don't want them living next door or even down the street." says Beatrice Harmon. "As long as they're endangering our families, they're not welcome here."
"She died of fright"
Meanwhile, the friends and family of a 72-year old Coral Gables, FL, woman are mourning her death this weekend, after she suffered a heart attack that was likely brought on by fear of judicial activists. Sources close to the family say that the woman had recently checked out a copy of The Supremacists: The Tyranny of Judges and How to Stop It by Phyllis Schlafly from her local library.
How this Polltronics poll was conducted
Samples for Polltronics polls are random digit samples of telephone numbers selected using the "probability proportionate to size" method, which means numbers from across the country are selected in proportion to the number of voters in each state.
A computer selects the first eight digits of an actual working number and then appends a two-digit random number to produce a random-digit dial (RDD) sample. An RDD sample allows for contacting not only listed and unlisted numbers, but also households with new numbers.
In order to ensure a distribution of ages and genders within households, the interviewer selects the respondent by asking to speak to the adult with the next birthday. Quotas are applied to ensure the sample mirrors the proportions of voters nationally. Specifically, the aim is for a gender split nationwide of 53% female / 47% male, as well as regional quotas.
The RDD selected phone numbers are sent to the interviewers through computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) software. Both the software and human supervisors monitor each step of the interviewing process. While calls are automatically dialed, the system does not use predictive dialing so prospective respondents always find a live interviewer when they answer their phone.
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