Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #6301
 
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: ± 3.9%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependNot SureConservaModerateLiberalNot SureGrad SchCollege Some ColNo ColleNeverOccasionRegularlPro-lifePro-choiNot SureSoutheasRest of
Brilliant But Unknown Views29%36%22%35%24%28%28%******25%24%35%**23%32%29%**37%33%32%19%33%28%24%24%31%29%34%23%
Average But Shares Views65%58%72%62%67%66%66%******71%72%56%**72%60%65%**56%58%61%76%61%65%69%70%64%51%60%70%
Not Sure6%6%7%3%9%6%7%******5%5%9%**4%8%6%**7%9%7%4%6%7%7%6%5%20%7%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%49%51%31%40%29%90%5%3%3%28%33%36%3%32%46%19%3%16%18%28%38%29%32%39%37%57%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: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependNot SureConservaModerateLiberalNot SureGrad SchCollege Some ColNo ColleNeverOccasionRegularlPro-lifePro-choiNot SureSoutheasRest of
State Government10%12%9%10%9%12%10%******15%8%8%**15%9%6%**10%15%7%9%9%9%12%15%7%8%11%9%
Federal Government17%18%16%21%17%13%16%******37%11%9%**30%11%13%**26%13%16%16%10%16%23%36%5%19%16%18%
Government Should Have No Say70%68%72%66%70%73%70%******44%80%82%**52%77%79%**62%71%73%71%79%71%62%44%87%63%70%69%
Not Sure3%2%4%3%4%2%3%******5%2%1%**3%3%2%**3%2%3%4%2%3%4%5%1%10%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%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%40%29%90%5%3%3%28%33%36%3%32%46%19%3%16%18%28%38%29%32%39%37%57%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 SureSoutheasRest of
State Government16%19%13%14%15%20%16%******17%18%14%**22%14%14%**14%12%15%21%17%17%16%18%15%8%16%16%
Federal Government29%32%26%26%35%23%28%******48%16%25%**44%24%16%**37%30%26%24%18%25%39%43%19%31%29%29%
Government Should Have No Say52%48%56%57%48%53%53%******31%64%59%**32%59%70%**47%56%55%52%64%55%41%34%64%51%51%53%
Not Sure3%1%5%4%2%4%3%******4%2%2%**2%3%1%**2%2%4%3%1%3%4%4%2%10%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%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%31%40%29%90%5%3%3%28%33%36%3%32%46%19%3%16%18%28%38%29%32%39%37%57%6%50%50%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.