Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #6277
 
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 SureOzarkKansas CCentral St. Loui
Brilliant But Unknown Views26%31%21%20%29%27%26%17%****20%25%31%**19%29%33%**37%34%22%19%35%21%23%19%31%17%19%32%32%24%
Average But Shares Views68%63%73%75%64%67%67%81%****74%69%64%**75%65%61%**56%61%71%76%61%73%70%75%64%70%76%64%54%70%
Not Sure6%6%6%5%7%6%6%2%****6%6%5%**6%6%6%**7%5%6%5%4%6%7%6%5%13%5%5%14%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%31%39%30%85%10%2%3%27%38%33%2%37%40%18%5%15%17%33%35%27%37%36%40%54%6%20%22%10%47%
 
 
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 SureOzarkKansas CCentral St. Loui
State Government12%12%12%10%10%16%13%10%****15%8%13%**16%10%8%**13%9%12%13%9%10%16%17%8%4%11%11%20%11%
Federal Government18%21%15%23%19%13%18%21%****30%15%12%**28%10%17%**18%19%20%16%13%16%24%36%6%10%24%13%23%17%
Government Should Have No Say67%63%70%67%66%67%66%67%****51%75%71%**52%77%72%**68%69%66%67%76%70%57%42%85%73%61%74%54%68%
Not Sure3%3%3%0%4%5%3%2%****4%2%3%**3%2%3%**2%4%1%5%3%4%3%5%1%12%4%3%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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%31%39%30%85%10%2%3%27%38%33%2%37%40%18%5%15%17%33%35%27%37%36%40%54%6%20%22%10%47%
 
 
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 SureOzarkKansas CCentral St. Loui
State Government19%21%18%15%19%24%21%10%****23%16%20%**23%21%12%**22%18%16%21%11%22%22%21%18%13%25%21%23%15%
Federal Government30%32%29%29%33%28%30%31%****46%21%28%**45%22%19%**27%26%38%27%19%27%43%50%17%20%40%20%36%29%
Government Should Have No Say48%46%51%56%46%44%47%57%****28%61%50%**31%55%68%**51%54%45%48%67%49%33%26%65%52%32%57%40%53%
Not Sure2%2%3%0%3%4%2%2%****3%2%2%**1%3%0%**0%2%1%4%3%2%2%2%1%14%3%3%1%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%31%39%30%85%10%2%3%27%38%33%2%37%40%18%5%15%17%33%35%27%37%36%40%54%6%20%22%10%47%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.