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USConstitution.net 2002 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 2002. For results from other years, please
go to the Main Results Page.

Question 54, December 2002 With the election of Dwight
Eisenhower in 1952, presidents have had a two-term limit. Many have called for
some limit for Representatives and Senators, though the Supreme Court has
blocked all efforts at implementing a limit. Regardless, do you support term
limits for members of Congress?

Response Count Percentage
Yes, there should be national term limits for members of Congress. 117 54.17
States should be allowed to set term limits for members of Congress if
they wish.
50 23.15
No, I do not support Congressional term limits. 49 22.69
Total 216 100.00

Question 53, November 2002 From voting problems in Florida
and Georgia in 2000, to the New Jersey and Minnesota Senatorial races in 2002,
it seems that one of the biggest problems with voting in the United States today
is the reliance on old technology and a lack of hard, fast, and consistent
rules. What should be done about it?

Response Count Percentage
Voting and elections rules and regulations should be nationalized, so
that every one knows the rules.
90 55.56
Only the states can properly regulate their voting and election rules.
The laws must remain with the states.
72 44.44
Total 162 100.00

Question 52, October 2002 Election Day is coming – how do
you plan to vote for your members of Congress (House and Senate)?

House vote

Response Count Percentage
Democrat 94 33.81
Republican 120 43.17
Other 26 9.35
Total 272 86.33

Senate vote

Response Count Percentage
Democrat 87 31.29
Republican 122 43.88
Other 23 8.27
No race 8 2.88
Total 272 86.33


Response Count Percentage
Undecided 16 5.76
Not Voting 22 7.91
Total 38 13.67

Raw numbers

Democrat Republican Other Party No Election
House Democrat 80 7 4 3
Republican 2 112 3 3
Other Party 5 3 16 2
Still Undecided: 16
Not Voting: 22

Question 51, September 2002 The White House insists that it
has the authority to invade Iraq at will, while Congressional authorities from
both parties insist that the President must consult with Congress before taking
any offensive action. Who is right?

Response Count Percentage
The President must be allowed to start hostilities if he deems it
183 27.60
There may be ample reason to invade Iraq, but those reasons must be
shared with Congress and the people before any action.
154 23.23
The Congress, and only the Congress, has the power to declare war. The
decision cannot be made by the President alone.
326 49.17
Total 1030 100.00

Question 50, August 2002 Our annual access survey – how did
you come to this site today?

Response Count Percentage
AltaVista 6 2.20
AOL Search 22 8.06
Ask Jeeves 8 2.93
BBS/Message Board Posting 4 1.47
Browser Bookmark 6 2.20
College class syllabus 32 11.72
Dogpile 2 0.73
E-Education.com 1 0.37
Email link 1 0.37
Excite 2 0.73
Google 87 31.87
High school class site 1 0.37
Lycos 4 1.47
MetaCrawler 2 0.73
MSN Search 19 6.96
Netscape Search 5 1.83
Newsgroup link 7 2.56
Newspaper mention 1 0.37
Other website 26 9.52
Overture.com 1 0.37
Policestate21.com 1 0.37
Yahoo Search 35 12.82
Total 273 100.00

Question 49, July 2002 What is your opinion of the use of
the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance?

Response Count Percentage
This is a Christian nation, and something as basic as the Pledge must
reflect that.
516 50.10
I’m not sure I’d have added the words to the Pledge, but I have no
problem with them being there.
128 12.43
Though many people in America believe in God, we must respect the
beliefs of all, including those who do not believe – the words should go.
210 20.39
There must be no mention of any deity in any national motto, creed,
pledge, song, or anthem.
176 17.09
Total 1030 100.00

Question 48, June 2002 Efforts are underway to revamp the
FBI, to give the agency more power to detect and prevent domestic terrorism.
One of the changes is to allow field agents to conduct searches of public
records, via the Internet and via the attendance of public meetings. Currently,
such activities by an agent must be approved by the central headquarters.
Specifically, are you worried about agents being able to investigate people and
groups using public sources of information?

Response Count Percentage
Yes, I am worried – the ability of agents to infiltrate gatherings will
have a chilling effect on free speech and free assembly.
68 48.23
I am worried, but I think if properly monitored, such surveillance makes
13 9.22
I was surprised to learn an agent could not search the web for
information with out permission – they should be able to, just like I can.
23 16.31
The FBI must be able to freely use every tool available to protect us
from terrorism.
37 26.24
Total 141 100.00

Question 47, May 2002 – A survey from Columbia Law that
showed that 83% of those surveyed had confidence in the Supreme Court. We ask
the same question Columbia Law asked: “Even though I sometimes disagree with or
dislike the rulings of the United States Supreme Court in particular cases, the
fact that the Supreme Court can strike down unconstitutional laws is a good
feature of the American system of government.”

Response Count Percentage
Strongly Agree 55 59.14
Agree 16 17.20
No opinion/neutral 8 8.60
Disagree 5 5.38
Strongly Disagree 9 9.68
Total 93 100.00

Question 46, April 2002 – After two failed attempts to
censor online pornography and other objectionable material, the government is
set to implement CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) in July. CIPA aims
to block access to objectionable material at libraries by requiring them to
install blocking software, or else lose access to all federal funds. Libraries
are challenging the law by saying that it thwarts First Amendment rights, is an
example of prior restraint, and that it will place an undue burden on
libraries. They also note that it is futile to try to block the objectionable
sites, and the inevitably, valid sites are blocked. What do you think?

Response Count Percentage
The kids have to be protected from online peddlers of smut. The law
should stand.
9 10.23
Though I’m concerned with the limitations of technology, the law should
stand, and better solutions should be created.
9 10.23
While protecting kids from this stuff is a valiant goal, it is also too
easy to tread on precious rights. Libraries should set their own policies, and
not have the government do it for them.
38 43.18
Information want to be free – strike down all censorship laws. 32 36.36
Total 88 100.00

Question 45, March 2002 – The Washington Post has reported
that a cold war plan known as “Continuity in Government” had been implemented
for the first time on the morning of September 11, and has run ever since. The
program maintains a “shadow government” in two undisclosed locations on the
East Coast, ready to take over if Washington is wiped off the map by a
terrorist nuclear attack. It took five months for this information to make its
way to the public – what more do you want to know about it?

Response Count Percentage
Knowing anything gives the terrorists an advantage – I want to know
nothing more.
25 18.52
We need to know how our money is being spent – but they don’t need to
reveal all our secrets in order to keep us informed.
59 43.70
One of the best ways to spend our money without accountability is to
label the expenditures “classified” – I want full disclosure.
22 16.30
This is just one more step towards World Government and the New World
29 21.48
Total 135 100.00

Question 44, February 2002 – Vice President Dick Cheney is
opposing GAO efforts to get information about meetings he held to help set the
Bush Administration’s energy policy. The GAO says the information it wants it
is entitled to have; Cheney is claimed executive privilege, stating that unless
the information can be kept secret, the executive branch will have trouble
getting opinions from industry leaders. Who is right?

Response Count Percentage
The GAO seems to be within its jurisdiction, and the administration
should cooperate.
78 45.88
Cheney is right, the GAO is asking for too much information. 55 32.35
It is a tricky question – we should let the courts decide. 15 8.82
Frankly, I don’t care. 22 12.94
Total 146 100.00

Question 43, January 2002 – Even after the fall of the
Taliban, the war against terrorism continues in Afghanistan, with more war to
be waged in other corners of the globe. How long do you think this war will