As I've argued before, the survey is a joke. The "poll" of attorneys could not be less scientific and can be easily manipulated. Whenever a non-slated candidate is challenging a judge that has received the blessing of the establishment, the survey process is used to trash the challenger. It's not hard to do. Given the small number of surveys returned, all you need is an minuscule effort to get a large chunk of the 200 plus attorneys in a big establishment law firm like a Barnes and Thornburg to return surveys trashing a candidate's qualifications and that candidate's rating would sink like a rock.
But as pointed out by the aforementioned alert reader, if you denigrate a judge or judicial candidate's qualifications on a JEPAC survey, you are exposing yourself to a Rule 8.2 disciplinary violation. Rule 8.2(a) says:
(a) A lawyer shall not make a statement that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to its truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge, adjudicatory officer or public legal officer, or of a candidate for election or appointment to judicial or legal office.
Note: See here an interesting take on judicial surveys by the "Irreverant Lawyer."