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 Crawford Marilyn Townsend
Character and Integrity 3.40 2.70
Promptness and Efficiency 3.52 2.99
Preparedness 3.53 2.97
Range of Legal Experience 3.61 2.07
Courtroom Experience 3.47 2.17
Temperament and Demeanor 3.31 2.57
Legal Knowledge 3.58 2.58
Decisiveness 3.55 2.88
Fairness 3.29 2.60
Oral and Written Communication 3.40 2.54
Total Overall 3.47 2.61

 

No Familiarity Familiar, No Direct Legal Experience Familiar, Direct Legal Experience
Character and Integrity
Susan Crawford 2.80 3.51 3.89
Marilyn Townsend 2.40 2.69 3.02
Promptness and Efficiency
Susan Crawford 3.00 3.66 3.89
Marilyn Townsend 3.50 2.52 2.96
Preparedness
Susan Crawford 3.00 3.70 3.89
Marilyn Townsend 3.50 2.50 2.90
Range of Legal Experience
Susan Crawford 3.50 3.53 3.80
Marilyn Townsend 1.88 1.86 2.48
Courtroom Experience
Susan Crawford 3.10 3.53 3.77
Marilyn Townsend 2.00 1.95 2.57
Temperament and Demeanor
Susan Crawford 2.50 3.55 3.88
Marilyn Townsend 2.50 2.35 2.86
Legal Knowledge
Susan Crawford 3.20 3.64 3.89
Marilyn Townsend 3.00 2.10 2.65
Decisiveness
Susan Crawford 3.20 3.58 3.87
Marilyn Townsend 3.50 2.37 2.76
Fairness
Susan Crawford 2.50 3.55 3.83
Marilyn Townsend 2.50 2.63 2.68
Oral and Written Communication
Susan Crawford 2.67 3.63 3.89
Marilyn Townsend 2.67 2.31 2.63
Total Overall
Susan Crawford 2.95 3.59 3.86
Marilyn Townsend 2.75 2.33 2.75

 

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