Results for - The United States Constitution, and what it means

1,806 voters participated in this survey

1. The United States Constitution has been around a lot longer than the laws of individual states and the federal government, so I am curious about what it means to individuals. I'll start with innocent until proven guilty.

We need to do away with this one--the police would never charge someone who wasn't guilty
5%
85 votes
It means what it says--we should assume that people are innocent regardless of what charges the police recommend
39%
709 votes
Why should I believe the police?
6%
117 votes
In some cases I agree with innocent until proven guilty, in some I don't
32%
584 votes
N/A
25%
447 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
12 votes

2. There seems to be a lot of furor about the Supreme Court's latest decision concerning gay marriage. How many people have actually read the Court's decision?

I don't need to read it--whatever Fox news/NBC said must be correct
11%
206 votes
I received e-mails about it, and I think that's enough
4%
75 votes
I tried to read it, but didn't understand what it meant.
6%
114 votes
I read the decision, and based my decision on the strength of the decision
15%
276 votes
N/A
58%
1,055 votes
Other (please specify)
4%
80 votes

3. How about Freedom of Speech?

It means that as a citizen, I can say whatever I want, and there will be no consequences.
9%
164 votes
It means that as a citizen, I can say whatever I want, but I also accept that there may be negative reactions.
43%
776 votes
Freedom of speech is limited, there are types of speech that are not protected.
29%
522 votes
N/A
26%
476 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
19 votes

4. What about passing a law to change a Constitutional decision from the Supreme Court?

If it is truly a Constitutional decision, it can't be overridden by a law, only by a Constitutional amendment.
32%
575 votes
Congress can clearly pass a law disagreeing with the Supreme Court
16%
282 votes
Impeach the Justices
9%
155 votes
N/A
45%
821 votes
Other (please specify)
2%
28 votes

5. Okay, here's a sticky one--separation of Church and State. What does it mean to you?

I think it has gone too far--religion is part of our every day lives
21%
385 votes
I believe the recent events with ISIL, et al. demonstrate exactly why separation of church and state is necessary
22%
395 votes
I believe it has gone too far, especially when it is MY religion that is challenged
8%
148 votes
What's fair is fair--if my religion is incorporated into government, others should be as well.
11%
193 votes
N/A
39%
713 votes
Other (please specify)
3%
62 votes
07/08/2015 Politics 1806 38 By: susand24224

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