Dane Co. Bar Association: Results of the 2018 Dane County Circuit Court Branch 1 Judicial Candidates Poll

The Dane County Bar Association’s (DCBA) Judicial Selection Committee conducts an online poll of DCBA members regarding the candidates’ qualifications for all contested judicial races in Dane County or statewide. Out of the approximately 1,100 members who received the poll, 224 completed the survey.

This year’s poll categorized respondents based on their familiarity with the candidates and asked members to evaluate each on a sliding scale for ten objective criteria the Committee determined to be important characteristics of a good judge. For each criterion, respondents provided a rating of 0 for “No information,” 1 for “Unsatisfactory,” 2 for “Satisfactory,” 3 for “Good” and 4 for “Excellent.” The Committee then calculated the average responses overall and for each characteristic, including an additional breakdown based on respondents’ familiarity with each of the candidates. Responses of “No information” were not included when calculating the candidates’ averages. Below are the averaged results of this year’s poll for the Wisconsin Supreme Court race.Note: These results do not constitute the opinion of the DCBA or its Board of Directors.

Susan CrawfordMarilyn Townsend
Character and Integrity3.402.70
Promptness and Efficiency3.522.99
Range of Legal Experience3.612.07
Courtroom Experience3.472.17
Temperament and Demeanor3.312.57
Legal Knowledge3.582.58
Oral and Written Communication3.402.54
Total Overall3.472.61


No FamiliarityFamiliar, No Direct Legal ExperienceFamiliar, Direct Legal Experience
Character and Integrity
Susan Crawford2.803.513.89
Marilyn Townsend2.402.693.02
Promptness and Efficiency
Susan Crawford3.003.663.89
Marilyn Townsend3.502.522.96
Susan Crawford3.003.703.89
Marilyn Townsend3.502.502.90
Range of Legal Experience
Susan Crawford3.503.533.80
Marilyn Townsend1.881.862.48
Courtroom Experience
Susan Crawford3.103.533.77
Marilyn Townsend2.001.952.57
Temperament and Demeanor
Susan Crawford2.503.553.88
Marilyn Townsend2.502.352.86
Legal Knowledge
Susan Crawford3.203.643.89
Marilyn Townsend3.002.102.65
Susan Crawford3.203.583.87
Marilyn Townsend3.502.372.76
Susan Crawford2.503.553.83
Marilyn Townsend2.502.632.68
Oral and Written Communication
Susan Crawford2.673.633.89
Marilyn Townsend2.672.312.63
Total Overall
Susan Crawford2.953.593.86
Marilyn Townsend2.752.332.75