Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #6285
 
1Thinking about the United States Supreme Court ... If you had to choose, would you prefer a justice who is brilliant, but whose views are not well known to you? Or, would you prefer a justice of average intelligence who shares your personal views?
600 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationAttend ChurchAbortionRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.6%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependNot SureConservaModerateLiberalNot SureGrad SchCollege Some ColNo ColleNeverOccasionRegularlPro-lifePro-choiNot SureCharlottRaleigh South &
Brilliant But Unknown Views18%21%16%15%22%18%21%10%****16%20%20%**14%24%24%6%29%27%17%10%29%18%15%9%26%20%16%21%16%
Average But Shares Views75%73%76%78%72%74%74%83%****77%74%73%**81%69%68%84%66%68%78%80%64%75%79%83%70%60%77%70%81%
Not Sure7%6%8%7%6%8%5%7%****7%6%8%**6%7%7%10%5%5%5%10%7%7%6%7%4%20%7%9%2%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%34%38%28%73%20%4%3%36%34%28%2%45%35%14%6%16%18%32%34%18%35%47%44%50%7%34%49%17%
 
 
2Who should have the final say on abortion? Your state government? The Federal Government? Or should the government have no say?
600 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationAttend ChurchAbortionRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.9%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependNot SureConservaModerateLiberalNot SureGrad SchCollege Some ColNo ColleNeverOccasionRegularlPro-lifePro-choiNot SureCharlottRaleigh South &
State Government13%18%9%15%11%14%14%10%****16%10%14%**21%8%2%9%21%12%10%13%8%19%11%22%7%7%11%15%12%
Federal Government17%19%16%25%16%9%18%14%****24%15%11%**20%20%10%2%13%20%20%15%14%12%22%30%8%5%17%16%21%
Government Should Have No Say65%60%70%58%67%73%64%74%****53%72%72%**53%71%88%70%63%63%68%65%78%65%60%42%85%71%68%64%64%
Not Sure4%3%5%2%5%5%4%2%****6%4%2%**5%2%0%19%3%4%2%6%0%3%6%6%1%16%4%5%3%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%34%38%28%73%20%4%3%36%34%28%2%45%35%14%6%16%18%32%34%18%35%47%44%50%7%34%49%17%
 
 
3Who should have the final say on gay marriage? Your state government? The Federal Government? Or should the government have no say?
600 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationAttend ChurchAbortionRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.1%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependNot SureConservaModerateLiberalNot SureGrad SchCollege Some ColNo ColleNeverOccasionRegularlPro-lifePro-choiNot SureCharlottRaleigh South &
State Government24%28%20%24%24%25%23%26%****24%23%24%**26%24%20%31%27%19%26%24%23%27%22%25%26%13%29%20%25%
Federal Government34%37%32%39%36%27%36%32%****49%26%28%**45%31%14%23%32%40%37%30%19%33%42%51%22%25%33%35%35%
Government Should Have No Say38%31%44%36%36%42%37%40%****25%47%46%**26%43%64%32%37%38%34%41%57%37%32%23%50%43%33%41%37%
Not Sure4%3%4%1%5%5%4%1%****3%3%3%**3%2%2%15%4%2%2%5%1%4%4%2%3%19%5%3%3%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%34%38%28%73%20%4%3%36%34%28%2%45%35%14%6%16%18%32%34%18%35%47%44%50%7%34%49%17%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.