Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #6290
 
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 SureWestern NortheasSoutheasThe T
Brilliant But Unknown Views21%25%18%19%22%22%21%18%****18%21%27%**17%26%19%**30%28%17%17%22%22%20%19%24%7%19%28%24%17%
Average But Shares Views74%72%77%76%74%74%75%73%****80%76%66%**78%72%75%**67%70%77%78%74%75%74%79%71%77%79%70%71%77%
Not Sure4%4%5%5%3%5%4%8%****3%4%7%**5%2%6%**4%1%6%5%4%3%5%2%5%16%2%2%5%6%
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%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%28%39%33%86%9%3%3%36%39%25%1%31%47%18%3%18%17%25%40%26%33%40%37%57%6%25%11%33%31%
 
 
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: ± 3.6%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependNot SureConservaModerateLiberalNot SureGrad SchCollege Some ColNo ColleNeverOccasionRegularlPro-lifePro-choiNot SureWestern NortheasSoutheasThe T
State Government10%12%8%12%7%11%9%11%****9%8%12%**15%7%9%**11%8%8%10%7%9%12%16%5%13%15%9%7%8%
Federal Government16%18%13%17%17%12%16%11%****26%9%10%**26%13%5%**14%21%22%10%11%16%18%31%6%16%16%11%11%21%
Government Should Have No Say73%69%76%70%73%74%73%76%****63%81%75%**55%78%85%**73%69%68%77%82%73%66%49%88%64%68%79%79%68%
Not Sure2%2%2%1%3%3%2%2%****2%2%3%**4%1%1%**2%2%2%2%0%2%3%3%1%7%1%0%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%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%28%39%33%86%9%3%3%36%39%25%1%31%47%18%3%18%17%25%40%26%33%40%37%57%6%25%11%33%31%
 
 
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 NortheasSoutheasThe T
State Government17%20%14%17%13%22%17%18%****21%14%17%**20%18%9%**18%20%17%15%12%21%17%22%12%30%20%11%18%15%
Federal Government28%35%22%30%32%21%27%27%****41%20%23%**43%24%14%**30%28%28%27%20%20%40%44%20%16%30%28%22%33%
Government Should Have No Say53%43%61%52%52%55%54%49%****37%64%58%**35%55%77%**52%48%54%55%68%56%40%33%67%39%50%59%58%48%
Not Sure2%2%3%2%3%2%2%6%****2%2%2%**2%2%0%**0%3%2%3%0%3%3%2%1%14%1%2%2%4%
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%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%28%39%33%86%9%3%3%36%39%25%1%31%47%18%3%18%17%25%40%26%33%40%37%57%6%25%11%33%31%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.