Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #6257
 
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: ± 4%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependNot SureConservaModerateLiberalNot SureGrad SchCollege Some ColNo ColleNeverOccasionRegularlPro-lifePro-choiNot SureCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Brilliant But Unknown Views32%40%25%28%34%36%35%18%30%32%38%28%35%**33%33%34%**41%39%26%26%38%31%27%24%37%26%33%31%30%36%
Average But Shares Views60%51%69%62%60%57%57%67%63%61%57%67%54%**55%62%60%**54%54%62%67%54%61%66%71%56%51%64%60%62%55%
Not Sure8%9%7%11%6%6%8%14%7%7%6%6%11%**11%5%6%**5%7%11%7%8%8%7%5%8%24%3%9%8%9%
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%49%51%35%40%25%51%6%28%15%31%37%30%2%29%45%22%4%21%23%30%26%38%34%28%25%69%6%20%41%17%22%
 
 
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 SureCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
State Government10%12%8%13%9%8%9%6%12%9%13%8%9%**14%8%7%**9%6%8%14%11%6%12%17%6%20%13%9%11%8%
Federal Government13%15%10%13%15%7%11%16%14%16%24%4%12%**22%11%4%**12%16%9%13%7%10%24%32%7%1%14%15%13%7%
Government Should Have No Say75%71%79%72%72%83%78%76%69%74%61%86%77%**61%79%89%**77%75%82%69%82%81%60%45%86%70%73%73%74%81%
Not Sure3%2%3%2%3%3%2%1%5%2%2%2%2%**3%2%0%**2%3%1%4%1%3%3%5%1%8%1%3%2%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%49%51%35%40%25%51%6%28%15%31%37%30%2%29%45%22%4%21%23%30%26%38%34%28%25%69%6%20%41%17%22%
 
 
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 SureCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
State Government17%18%15%16%17%18%17%11%18%15%20%16%14%**20%15%14%**16%18%16%17%14%18%17%20%16%11%19%16%14%19%
Federal Government25%28%22%29%24%23%27%25%22%25%41%20%17%**40%22%12%**20%30%23%28%19%20%40%42%19%32%25%25%31%20%
Government Should Have No Say56%52%60%54%56%57%53%62%57%59%39%59%67%**38%60%73%**63%50%58%53%65%59%41%34%64%47%55%58%50%57%
Not Sure2%2%2%1%3%3%2%2%3%1%0%4%2%**2%3%2%**2%2%3%2%2%3%2%4%1%10%0%1%5%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%49%51%35%40%25%51%6%28%15%31%37%30%2%29%45%22%4%21%23%30%26%38%34%28%25%69%6%20%41%17%22%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.