Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #6298
 
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 SureShenandoNortheasSoutheasCentral
Brilliant But Unknown Views27%32%21%22%29%28%29%17%**31%26%22%33%**21%35%23%**35%36%28%13%37%22%24%18%32%32%20%36%25%26%
Average But Shares Views67%61%72%74%64%63%65%79%**48%69%70%62%**75%60%66%**56%57%69%79%56%73%69%77%62%53%75%56%68%69%
Not Sure6%6%6%3%7%8%6%4%**21%5%8%6%**5%5%12%**9%6%2%8%7%5%7%5%6%14%6%8%7%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%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%42%26%72%18%4%5%37%30%32%1%38%44%14%5%22%21%27%30%26%36%39%35%58%7%26%24%24%26%
 
 
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 SureShenandoNortheasSoutheasCentral
State Government15%19%11%16%13%16%15%11%**26%21%8%14%**24%11%5%**16%14%16%13%11%17%15%24%9%15%14%17%8%19%
Federal Government18%19%16%25%15%12%18%18%**7%26%13%14%**27%12%11%**24%12%18%17%10%20%21%35%7%10%19%18%23%11%
Government Should Have No Say64%59%68%55%67%68%63%66%**67%49%76%68%**44%76%79%**57%69%63%65%79%59%58%35%82%57%61%62%66%65%
Not Sure4%3%5%3%5%4%5%5%**0%4%4%4%**5%2%5%**3%5%3%5%1%4%6%6%1%19%6%3%4%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%48%52%32%42%26%72%18%4%5%37%30%32%1%38%44%14%5%22%21%27%30%26%36%39%35%58%7%26%24%24%26%
 
 
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 SureShenandoNortheasSoutheasCentral
State Government22%22%22%18%20%32%23%20%**21%29%13%23%**27%22%17%**22%23%22%23%19%26%22%28%20%18%23%18%13%33%
Federal Government31%35%28%34%33%25%31%31%**27%43%26%24%**46%25%11%**28%31%34%32%21%29%41%51%21%21%39%28%33%25%
Government Should Have No Say44%41%47%48%44%39%44%45%**44%26%59%51%**24%52%69%**47%46%41%41%60%43%33%18%58%53%35%53%50%39%
Not Sure2%2%3%1%3%4%2%4%**7%2%3%2%**3%2%3%**3%0%3%4%0%2%5%3%1%8%3%1%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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%42%26%72%18%4%5%37%30%32%1%38%44%14%5%22%21%27%30%26%36%39%35%58%7%26%24%24%26%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.