Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #6256
 
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 SureLittle RRest of
Brilliant But Unknown Views22%25%18%16%27%21%18%39%****14%27%23%**18%26%23%19%31%28%21%15%35%17%19%16%27%19%21%22%
Average But Shares Views73%69%75%77%68%73%77%52%****82%68%69%**78%68%73%65%58%65%74%81%55%80%76%80%66%68%74%71%
Not Sure6%6%6%6%5%7%5%9%****4%5%7%**4%6%4%16%11%7%5%4%10%3%5%4%7%13%5%7%
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%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%31%37%32%81%14%3%2%30%35%33%1%45%36%14%5%15%18%26%41%20%28%52%48%45%6%50%50%
 
 
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 SureLittle RRest of
State Government16%20%13%21%12%18%16%19%****25%12%13%**22%15%4%15%21%15%11%19%11%16%19%26%7%4%17%15%
Federal Government16%15%16%22%16%10%16%13%****26%11%12%**23%10%15%2%16%14%17%16%7%13%21%27%5%13%16%15%
Government Should Have No Say63%62%64%53%68%66%63%66%****43%75%69%**49%72%80%77%60%66%69%59%80%68%55%40%87%73%62%64%
Not Sure5%2%7%4%4%7%5%2%****6%2%5%**7%3%1%6%4%5%3%6%2%3%6%7%1%9%4%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%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%31%37%32%81%14%3%2%30%35%33%1%45%36%14%5%15%18%26%41%20%28%52%48%45%6%50%50%
 
 
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 SureLittle RRest of
State Government28%32%24%26%24%34%28%27%****32%24%28%**31%26%22%29%34%28%21%30%23%29%29%34%22%24%29%27%
Federal Government32%33%30%34%34%25%33%26%****47%26%24%**39%29%21%23%33%28%36%30%25%32%35%44%20%26%31%32%
Government Should Have No Say37%32%41%38%37%36%36%40%****19%45%45%**26%43%54%43%30%42%39%35%50%36%32%18%56%40%37%36%
Not Sure4%3%5%2%5%4%3%7%****2%4%3%**4%3%3%6%3%1%3%5%2%3%4%4%2%11%3%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%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%31%37%32%81%14%3%2%30%35%33%1%45%36%14%5%15%18%26%41%20%28%52%48%45%6%50%50%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.