Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #6254
 
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: ± 3.9%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependNot SureConservaModerateLiberalNot SureGrad SchCollege Some ColNo ColleNeverOccasionRegularlPro-lifePro-choiNot Sure
Brilliant But Unknown Views28%32%23%28%27%30%30%****19%20%29%33%**20%31%36%28%31%31%25%26%31%35%18%21%31%28%
Average But Shares Views65%63%67%66%64%64%63%****72%70%65%60%**72%63%58%44%62%61%66%68%62%60%71%70%63%56%
Not Sure8%6%10%6%9%6%7%****9%9%6%7%**8%5%6%28%6%9%8%7%7%5%11%9%5%15%
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%52%48%34%48%18%71%3%4%22%35%16%46%4%35%42%17%5%21%18%37%24%37%30%33%34%58%8%
 
 
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 Government10%12%8%12%8%10%10%****6%14%5%9%**15%7%6%9%9%10%9%12%7%8%16%19%5%7%
Federal Government19%21%17%24%19%9%17%****28%27%13%13%**27%18%7%17%18%21%21%15%14%20%26%36%9%28%
Government Should Have No Say65%65%66%58%68%72%69%****53%52%80%73%**52%72%79%41%65%59%64%70%76%67%48%38%83%41%
Not Sure6%3%10%6%5%8%4%****13%7%1%6%**7%2%7%32%8%10%6%3%3%5%11%8%3%24%
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%52%48%34%48%18%71%3%4%22%35%16%46%4%35%42%17%5%21%18%37%24%37%30%33%34%58%8%
 
 
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 Government16%20%11%15%16%18%18%****7%20%12%16%**20%15%15%7%14%16%11%24%15%14%18%18%16%9%
Federal Government31%34%28%35%31%24%29%****38%46%23%24%**46%26%15%27%23%34%40%26%19%36%43%55%19%31%
Government Should Have No Say49%44%54%48%49%51%49%****48%31%65%57%**31%56%70%33%63%42%44%47%64%47%31%24%62%47%
Not Sure4%1%7%2%4%7%3%****7%3%1%4%**3%3%0%32%0%8%5%2%2%2%8%3%3%13%
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%52%48%34%48%18%71%3%4%22%35%16%46%4%35%42%17%5%21%18%37%24%37%30%33%34%58%8%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.