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USConstitution.net 1999 Survey Results


This site has conducted an unscientific survey on various issues since July of 1998. The results, while interesting in most cases, are to be taken with a grain of salt - the results can easily be skewed by an individual or group of individuals; the sample is, by nature, not representative (because it consists only of Web users who visit my site and bother to view the survey page and submit an opinion).

This page includes results from 1999. For results from other years, please go to the Main Results Page.

Question 18, December 1999 - For the first time in several years, the Supreme Court will hear a case concerning school prayer. What is your opinion on school prayer?

Schools should be required to have prayer as part of the everyday routine. 5614.74
Schools should be required to have a moment of silence as part of the everyday routine. 4812.63
Schools should be allowed to have a prayer or a moment of silence as part of the everyday routine, if the local community approves of it. 10026.32
No structured time should be set aside for prayer or a moment of silence, but schools should specifically allow students to pray as they wish. 6216.32
No structured time should be set aside for prayer or a moment of silence, but schools should specifically allow students to pray in silence. 215.53
Schools should not sanction prayer of any kind, but students are free to pray on their free time. 7218.95
Prayer of any kind should be forbidden on school grounds. 215.53
Total 380100.00

Question 17, November 1999 - The Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly over the last 20 years that the death penalty is constitutional ... but it is now about to rule about whether the electric chair is too cruel to be used under the terms of the 8th Amendment. Is the electric chair as a means of execution too cruel? (Please note that the results of the first ten days of this survey were lost to a hacker attack.)

The electric chair is not cruel, period 9936.53
The electric chair is cruel, but having it is a deterrent to crime, and it should remain for that reason 9635.42
The electric chair is a cruel throw-back - is should be banned 3512.92
The death penalty is unconstitutional, despite earlier rulings, and the electric chair, like all methods of execution, needs to be banned 4115.13
Total 271100.00

Question 16, October 1999 - For the first time, the Supreme Court has agreed to review a case concerning the rights of grandparents to visitation with their grandchildren, over the objections of the parents. Many states have grandparents' visitation rights statutes, allowing court-ordered visitation, but some of those states have had their laws struck by local courts. Do grandparents have a right to see their grandchildren?

Grandparents should have an absolute right to see their grandchildren 11623.67
There are too many variables for absolutism - the courts should decide on a case-by-case basis 20942.65
The decision of the parent should be absolute 16533.67
Total 490100.00

Question 15, September 1999 - The Department of Justice is asking Congress to write law that would allow it to enter a private home, install software and/or hardware that could record your computer activities and preempt any encryption software you are using. Do you think that law enforcement has a legitimate concern and that it should get the legislation it is looking for?

Law enforcement needs laws like this to protect us from the criminal element 204.77
Though this proposal is going too far, law enforcement should have some new powers for computer crime 11727.92
There is no justification for this proposal, and we must fight against such measures to protect our rights 28267.30
Total 419100.00

Question 14, August 1999 - Many proposals for changing the Constitution involve the redrawing of state lines. Should the current state boundaries be redrawn?

Leave all state boundaries alone 12561.27
I think they are fine, but it could be worth looking into 3718.14
I think they're fine, but some large states, maybe even cities, could be split off 2311.27
States are practically irrelevant now - we definitely need to look at redrawing borders, creating larger regions 125.88
We should do away with states and simply have national and local government 73.43
Total 205100.00

Question 13, July 1999 - How did you come to this site?

AboutPolitics (Political Site of the Day) 3.54
Ask Jeeves 3.54
AltaVista 244.34
Booklist Magazine 1.18
C|Net 91.63
CNN 1.18
DogPile 5.90
Email, link in 407.23
ETour 2.36
Excite 509.04
InfoSeek 71.27
Long-timer (bookmark) 91.63
Lycos 61.08
Magazine, other 71.27
MSN 3.54
NetFind 152.71
Netscape Directory 142.53
Newspaper article 4.72
Other media source 335.97
Other search engine 397.05
Personal web page 61.08
Political web page 122.17
The Rush Limbaugh Show 12522.60
Any Rush Limbaugh web page 274.88
Syllabus, college or university 1.18
ThirdAge 6311.39
Usenet article 71.27
WebBound Magazine 3.54
WebCrawler 2.36
Yahoo 325.79
Total 553100.00

Question 12, June 1999 - What is your opinion of the 2nd Amendment?

The 2nd protects individual rights, and there must be no restriction on gun ownership, period 32956.43
The 2nd protects individual rights, but some governmental restriction is alright 15226.07
The 2nd protects states' rights, and the federal government has no place regulating guns 417.03
The 2nd protects states' rights, but the federal government has a role in the regulation of guns 417.03
I have no idea who the 2nd protects; regardless, the federal government has no right to regulate guns 20.34
I have no idea who the 2nd protects and the federal government has a right to regulate guns 152.57
I'm sick of the whole issue, and have no opinion either way 30.51
Total 583100.00
Subdivided Percentages - Restriction
There must be no restriction on gun ownership 37263.81
Some restriction is alright 20935.85
No opinion 20.34
Subdivided Percentages - State v Individual
Individual protection 48182.50
State protection 8214.07
No opinion 203.43

Question 11, May 1999 - The ongoing conflict in Kosovo is of great concern to a great many people. What is your opinion of the actions of the President?

The President should continue on this course, regardless of what Congress says 211.97
The President has the authority to start conflicts like this, but the support of Congress is essential 31829.89
The President has no authority in this area, and his acts are probably unconstitutional 72568.14
Total 1064100.00

Question 10, April 1999 - The First Lady, Hillary Clinton, clearly has the right to run for a U.S. Senate seat in New York, despite the fact that she does not currently live there. The question is, should she?

No, she should not run 21867.28
Yes, it is her right, and she should if she wishes 10632.72
Total 324100.00

Question 9, March 1999 - What do you think will happen on January 1, 2000?

The doom and gloom are all media hype - we'll be fine 6321.50
Everything will be OK, but something is bound to break 12040.96
Lots of computers and machines are going to fail 6321.50
We're all toast - the system is going down 4716.04
Total 293100.00

Question 8, February 1999 - Should the Constitution be amended to abolish the Electoral College and have direct election of the President and Vice-President?

Yes, we should have direct elections 18867.87
No, the layer the College provides is still important 5018.05
No, the system works, leave it alone 3914.08
Total 277100.00

Question 7, January 1999 - Does the impeachment of President Clinton rise to the level of a Constitutional Crisis?

No 44459.76
Yes 29940.24
Total 743100.00

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