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John Roberts on VoteMatch



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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Unconstitutional to require hospital nearby abortion service: Favors topic 1
Constitutional privacy protection is only a so-called right: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Roe v. Wade is more than settled as precedent: Favors topic 1
Finds no support for abortion rights in Constitution: Opposes topic 1
Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit family-planning programs from giving abortion info: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Ok for Operation Rescue to target abortion clinics: Opposes topic 1
Roe v. Wade is settled law: Favors topic 1
Doctors who get federal fund may not mention abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Limit funding for abortion clinics: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
2006: TX redistricting didn't violate Voting Rights Act: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Opposed simplifying complaints against voting rights: Opposes topic 2
Against Affirmative Action: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Sociological analysis insufficient to prove gender bias: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-3 points on Social scale)
Protections for gender apply to transgender people too: Strongly Favors topic 3
No job discrimination for transgender status: Favors topic 3
Constitution says nothing about marriage OR gay marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Interests in uniformity and stability justify DOMA: Strongly Opposes topic 3
1995: Pro bono work for gay rights activists: Favors topic 3
No paper trail as a judge on gay rights issues: Neutral on topic 3
1st Amendment protects church's anti-gay funeral pickets: Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
States funding private schools must fund parochial schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
Ok for religious groups to meet at schools: Favors topic 4
Weaken the separation of church and state: Favors topic 4
Taxpayers can't fight AZ tax credit for religious schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Individual mandate is constitutional even with $0 tax: Favors topic 5
ObamaCare improves health insurance market: not destroy them: Strongly Favors topic 5
Can't require insurance as commerce, but ok as tax: Strongly Favors topic 5
ObamaCare not ok under Commerce Clause, but ok as tax: Favors topic 5
ObamaCare's individual mandate is constitutional as a tax: Favors topic 5
OpEd: sympathetic to labeling ObamaCare unconstitutional: Opposes topic 5
States decide insurance issues, not federal government: Neutral on topic 5
Federal law pre-empts state laws on generic drug warning: Strongly Opposes topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
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No opinion on topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(0 points on Economic scale)
Schools are limited in regulating student off-campus speech: Neutral on topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(-3 points on Social scale)
Allow development despite local endangered species: Favors topic 8
Clean Water Act applies only to navigable wetlands: Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Ok to prosecute for eating french fries on city trains: Favors topic 9
Guidelines for parole canít add to sentence retroactively: Opposes topic 9
Judges cannot overrule guidelines even if unjust: Strongly Favors topic 9
Live witness not required for all scientific testing: Strongly Favors topic 9
International Court not grounds for stay of execution: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Unions have right to negotiate where firearms are stored: Favors topic 10
Right to gun ownership is individual, not collective: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Only Congress can allow out-of-state Internet sales tax: Opposes topic 11
State taxes must credit taxes paid in other states: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Refund sewer taxes equally, whether prepaid or installment: Favors topic 11
Railroads can sue for tax exemptions on other diesel users: Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
DACA protect childhood immigrants from deportation: Strongly Favors topic 12
Voted with liberals on Arizona immigration case: Strongly Favors topic 12
Allow courts to issue stays on deportation proceedings: Favors topic 12
AZ may revoke licenses for hiring unauthorized aliens: Strongly Opposes topic 12
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
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Strongly Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Foreign law is irrelevant to US elected officials: Strongly Favors topic 14
Vienna Convention treaty not binding on US courts: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Support executive-branch power in foreign & military affairs: Favors topic 15
Strongly Opposes topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(-5 points on Social scale)
AZ mail-in restrictions don't violate Voting Rights Act: Strongly Opposes topic 16
No curbside voting during pandemic; keep existing rules: Opposes topic 16
Racial discrimination in voting has changed in last 50 years: Opposes topic 16
Federal control over state voting is outdated: Opposes topic 16
Campaign finance reform should not limit political spending: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Corporate political spending is protected free speech: Opposes topic 16
Corporate political spending is free speech: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Public campaign finance can't be based on opponent spending: Strongly Opposes topic 16
States cannot sue each other over eased voting rules: Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Allow Jerusalem-born man to have Israel on passport: Opposes topic 17
Military tribunals for terrorists are ok: Opposes topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
EPA cannot regulate greenhouse gases as air pollutants: Strongly Opposes topic 18
No lawsuits to prevent mining on federal land: Opposes topic 18
States can't request EPA to regulate CO2 greenhouse gases: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Clean Air Act displaced federal common law on CO2 emissions: Strongly Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
Ok to search cars without particular evidence in mind: Favors topic 19
Sentences should stand despite crack-vs.-powder rule change: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Defended welfare recipients from losing benefits, pro-bono: Strongly Favors topic 20

John Roberts is a Populist-Leaning Conservative
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Former Justices:
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Page last updated: Mar 21, 2022