Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #6261
 
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 SureNE FLSE FLRest of
Brilliant But Unknown Views28%33%22%25%31%26%31%24%15%**25%25%39%**21%36%22%**35%35%30%19%41%27%19%22%33%19%28%20%34%
Average But Shares Views67%62%72%72%62%69%64%69%82%**70%69%58%**75%61%68%**56%57%67%78%55%70%73%74%62%71%67%74%61%
Not Sure5%5%5%3%7%5%5%7%3%**6%6%3%**4%3%11%**9%8%3%3%3%4%8%4%5%10%5%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%48%52%28%37%35%68%12%16%3%36%40%23%1%34%45%18%3%18%20%28%34%28%36%36%30%63%7%26%35%39%
 
 
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: ± 3.5%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependNot SureConservaModerateLiberalNot SureGrad SchCollege Some ColNo ColleNeverOccasionRegularlPro-lifePro-choiNot SureNE FLSE FLRest of
State Government10%13%8%11%9%10%10%19%5%**13%7%8%**13%10%3%**15%8%10%8%4%7%16%17%5%21%14%7%10%
Federal Government13%15%11%16%15%8%13%2%19%**21%6%14%**22%9%6%**14%15%13%12%5%12%20%27%6%16%14%12%13%
Government Should Have No Say75%71%78%72%73%79%75%75%75%**64%86%76%**63%80%89%**70%76%75%77%88%80%60%52%88%60%69%80%74%
Not Sure2%1%3%1%2%3%2%3%2%**3%1%2%**2%1%2%**1%1%2%3%2%1%3%4%1%4%2%1%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%28%37%35%68%12%16%3%36%40%23%1%34%45%18%3%18%20%28%34%28%36%36%30%63%7%26%35%39%
 
 
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 SureNE FLSE FLRest of
State Government16%17%15%17%13%18%14%17%22%**22%13%11%**19%14%17%**20%15%12%15%10%16%18%17%13%23%17%17%15%
Federal Government28%34%22%29%30%25%29%21%27%**46%16%19%**41%25%11%**29%31%30%24%20%23%39%47%20%19%23%29%31%
Government Should Have No Say53%47%59%53%53%54%54%60%47%**29%67%68%**38%59%70%**48%49%56%59%68%59%39%33%64%52%57%53%52%
Not Sure3%2%4%1%4%3%3%2%3%**3%3%2%**2%3%2%**3%4%2%3%3%2%4%2%3%6%4%1%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%28%37%35%68%12%16%3%36%40%23%1%34%45%18%3%18%20%28%34%28%36%36%30%63%7%26%35%39%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.