Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #6262
 
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 SureAtlantaNorthwesSouth &
Brilliant But Unknown Views25%33%18%23%27%26%24%20%****21%25%31%**18%32%31%**27%29%27%19%41%28%16%20%28%30%32%24%20%
Average But Shares Views69%63%75%73%66%67%70%74%****74%70%60%**76%63%64%**64%66%68%75%56%66%78%75%68%53%62%69%76%
Not Sure6%5%7%4%7%7%5%6%****4%4%9%**6%5%5%**8%5%5%6%3%7%6%5%4%17%6%7%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%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%35%41%24%65%26%5%3%37%34%28%1%42%40%15%4%19%22%29%30%20%34%46%39%54%7%34%34%32%
 
 
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 SureAtlantaNorthwesSouth &
State Government12%14%11%13%12%12%13%9%****16%9%11%**20%7%3%**12%13%9%16%11%12%14%19%9%6%10%15%11%
Federal Government16%14%18%22%15%8%17%12%****23%9%15%**23%10%18%**15%23%15%13%16%10%20%30%7%10%11%19%17%
Government Should Have No Say66%68%65%59%68%75%65%73%****55%75%69%**53%77%76%**69%60%69%66%70%74%58%46%82%52%73%58%67%
Not Sure5%4%7%6%5%6%5%6%****5%6%5%**5%7%2%**4%5%6%5%3%4%8%5%2%32%5%7%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%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%35%41%24%65%26%5%3%37%34%28%1%42%40%15%4%19%22%29%30%20%34%46%39%54%7%34%34%32%
 
 
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 SureAtlantaNorthwesSouth &
State Government23%30%17%24%22%23%22%27%****27%16%28%**34%19%8%**25%22%22%25%21%22%26%26%21%25%21%24%24%
Federal Government27%22%32%24%30%28%31%21%****39%23%18%**37%22%13%**28%30%25%27%23%20%34%39%20%18%24%31%27%
Government Should Have No Say45%44%46%46%44%45%45%46%****33%54%49%**27%54%72%**44%45%44%44%54%52%35%32%57%19%52%37%46%
Not Sure5%4%5%5%4%5%2%6%****1%7%5%**2%6%7%**3%3%8%4%2%6%5%3%2%39%3%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%48%52%35%41%24%65%26%5%3%37%34%28%1%42%40%15%4%19%22%29%30%20%34%46%39%54%7%34%34%32%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.