Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #6300
 
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: ± 3.5%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependNot SureConservaModerateLiberalNot SureGrad SchCollege Some ColNo ColleNeverOccasionRegularlPro-lifePro-choiNot SureNorthCentralSouth
Brilliant But Unknown Views22%26%18%20%24%21%22%******21%22%24%**16%26%23%**37%34%15%16%32%22%16%19%26%14%23%27%17%
Average But Shares Views75%71%79%78%74%75%75%******77%75%74%**80%72%76%**60%62%84%81%66%77%80%80%72%73%73%72%80%
Not Sure3%3%3%2%2%4%3%******2%3%2%**4%2%2%**3%4%1%3%3%1%4%2%2%13%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%49%51%28%39%32%95%3%1%1%32%44%23%1%36%42%17%4%17%15%25%44%26%33%41%44%50%6%33%33%34%
 
 
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 SureNorthCentralSouth
State Government13%13%13%13%11%14%13%******20%9%9%**20%8%8%**10%18%10%13%8%11%17%21%6%6%14%11%12%
Federal Government19%20%18%21%20%17%19%******28%13%16%**28%15%8%**21%22%21%16%11%16%26%33%6%16%18%19%20%
Government Should Have No Say65%65%65%63%66%65%65%******48%74%73%**47%74%84%**68%58%67%66%80%71%52%41%86%73%66%67%62%
Not Sure3%2%4%3%3%4%3%******4%4%1%**5%2%1%**1%2%2%5%2%2%6%5%1%5%2%2%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%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%28%39%32%95%3%1%1%32%44%23%1%36%42%17%4%17%15%25%44%26%33%41%44%50%6%33%33%34%
 
 
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 SureNorthCentralSouth
State Government20%22%18%18%16%25%20%******18%23%16%**18%24%12%**19%20%13%23%20%19%21%20%20%18%21%21%18%
Federal Government36%38%34%37%40%30%36%******53%28%26%**52%29%22%**31%38%37%37%25%33%46%51%23%29%37%36%35%
Government Should Have No Say42%39%44%43%40%42%41%******26%47%55%**28%44%64%**48%42%46%37%54%46%31%26%55%48%40%40%45%
Not Sure2%2%3%2%3%3%3%******3%2%3%**2%2%3%**2%0%3%3%2%3%3%3%2%5%2%3%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%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%28%39%32%95%3%1%1%32%44%23%1%36%42%17%4%17%15%25%44%26%33%41%44%50%6%33%33%34%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.