Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #6264
 
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 ChurchAbortion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.7%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependNot SureConservaModerateLiberalNot SureGrad SchCollege Some ColNo ColleNeverOccasionRegularlPro-lifePro-choiNot Sure
Brilliant But Unknown Views24%29%20%23%26%24%23%**15%**17%32%33%**16%28%43%**35%28%25%16%36%23%16%14%34%17%
Average But Shares Views70%66%75%71%69%72%72%**78%**78%68%59%**79%68%50%**60%68%70%76%57%74%80%82%62%61%
Not Sure5%5%5%6%5%5%4%**7%**5%1%8%**5%4%7%**5%4%5%7%7%4%5%4%4%22%
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%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%33%39%27%90%0%6%3%48%19%31%3%42%39%15%4%15%20%34%31%35%23%41%44%51%5%
 
 
2Who should have the final say on abortion? Your state government? The Federal Government? Or should the government have no say?
600 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationAttend ChurchAbortion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.9%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependNot SureConservaModerateLiberalNot SureGrad SchCollege Some ColNo ColleNeverOccasionRegularlPro-lifePro-choiNot Sure
State Government17%17%16%19%13%20%17%**15%**22%7%15%**24%14%5%**18%15%18%14%8%12%25%27%6%27%
Federal Government16%17%14%20%15%11%16%**8%**23%5%11%**22%12%8%**15%18%18%11%6%14%24%30%4%11%
Government Should Have No Say63%62%65%59%67%64%63%**75%**49%87%69%**47%72%86%**60%64%60%70%82%69%45%36%89%47%
Not Sure5%4%5%2%5%6%4%**2%**5%0%5%**7%2%1%**7%3%4%5%3%4%6%8%1%16%
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%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%33%39%27%90%0%6%3%48%19%31%3%42%39%15%4%15%20%34%31%35%23%41%44%51%5%
 
 
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 ChurchAbortion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.1%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependNot SureConservaModerateLiberalNot SureGrad SchCollege Some ColNo ColleNeverOccasionRegularlPro-lifePro-choiNot Sure
State Government20%21%18%11%20%31%20%**19%**26%17%14%**27%20%4%**28%19%18%18%12%20%27%26%14%12%
Federal Government33%37%28%37%36%22%33%**29%**43%15%28%**46%26%10%**35%34%36%26%22%25%46%50%20%13%
Government Should Have No Say45%40%50%50%43%42%44%**50%**28%68%56%**25%52%84%**36%45%42%52%64%53%24%20%64%67%
Not Sure3%2%4%2%2%5%2%**2%**3%1%2%**3%2%2%**2%2%3%4%2%2%4%3%2%8%
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%
Composition of Adults100%50%50%33%39%27%90%0%6%3%48%19%31%3%42%39%15%4%15%20%34%31%35%23%41%44%51%5%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.