Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #6268
 
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: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependNot SureConservaModerateLiberalNot SureGrad SchCollege Some ColNo ColleNeverOccasionRegularlPro-lifePro-choiNot SureWestern Wichita Eastern
Brilliant But Unknown Views26%34%18%25%29%22%25%28%6%**20%32%28%**10%33%43%24%41%35%21%15%35%26%19%18%32%**15%21%31%
Average But Shares Views69%63%75%72%65%72%70%71%94%**75%65%66%**86%62%54%64%52%59%73%82%59%70%75%78%63%**79%73%64%
Not Sure5%3%7%3%5%6%5%1%0%**5%3%7%**4%5%3%12%7%6%5%3%5%4%6%4%5%**6%5%5%
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%49%51%31%39%29%85%5%6%4%41%28%30%1%35%44%14%7%17%21%31%31%26%31%43%43%52%5%19%24%58%
 
 
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 SureWestern Wichita Eastern
State Government15%20%10%12%17%16%16%20%13%**19%12%13%**20%14%5%17%17%18%14%13%11%15%17%23%8%**15%18%14%
Federal Government16%18%14%21%13%15%19%4%3%**23%10%13%**23%14%5%16%16%19%20%11%7%11%26%30%6%**14%21%15%
Government Should Have No Say64%58%70%62%66%64%62%63%75%**52%75%71%**50%69%89%52%62%61%64%67%78%70%52%38%85%**66%55%67%
Not Sure4%4%5%6%3%5%4%13%9%**6%4%3%**7%2%1%14%4%2%2%9%4%4%5%8%1%**5%7%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%49%51%31%39%29%85%5%6%4%41%28%30%1%35%44%14%7%17%21%31%31%26%31%43%43%52%5%19%24%58%
 
 
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 SureWestern Wichita Eastern
State Government24%27%20%18%22%31%24%24%33%**28%17%23%**30%25%6%18%23%22%22%27%22%21%26%27%21%**26%22%23%
Federal Government30%34%26%35%30%24%31%34%12%**42%25%19%**42%23%23%27%25%35%32%27%22%29%35%43%19%**25%31%31%
Government Should Have No Say44%36%51%43%46%41%43%29%51%**27%56%55%**25%50%70%44%50%41%45%41%54%47%35%26%58%**44%43%44%
Not Sure3%2%3%3%2%3%2%13%4%**2%3%3%**3%2%1%12%2%2%1%5%2%3%3%4%1%**5%4%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%49%51%31%39%29%85%5%6%4%41%28%30%1%35%44%14%7%17%21%31%31%26%31%43%43%52%5%19%24%58%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.