55% Oppose Affirmative Action Policies for College Admissions

Rasmussen Reports, February 26, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court last week agreed to hear a case involving the use of race as a factor in college admissions. Most voters oppose the use of so-called affirmative action policies at colleges and universities and continue to believe those policies have not been successful despite being in place for 50 years.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 24% of Likely U.S. Voters favor applying affirmative action policies to college admissions. Fifty-five percent (55%) oppose the use of such policies to determine who is admitted to colleges and universities. Twenty-one percent (21%) are undecided.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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[Editor’s Note: According to this poll, when asked whether they favor or oppose affirmative action programs in college admissions, 17 percent of whites said they favor the programs, while 62 percent said they oppose them, and 21 percent were unsure. Meanwhile, 67 percent of blacks favor the programs, 13 percent oppose them, and 20 percent are unsure.]

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