NBC News/WSJ poll: Affirmative Action Support at Historic Low

Domenico Montanaro, NBC News, June 8, 2013

As the Supreme Court prepares to once again weigh in on the issue of affirmative action, a record-low number of Americans support such programs, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Just 45 percent of respondents said they believe affirmative action programs are still needed to counteract the effects of discrimination against minorities, while an equal 45 percent feel the programs have gone too far and should be ended because they unfairly discriminate against whites.

(The poll was conducted May 30-June 2 and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points.)

The number of Americans supporting affirmative action has been in decline over the past two decades, down from a high of 61 percent in its favor in 1991.

Reasons for the trend range from the idea of “diversity fatigue” to what others believe is the effect of an African-American being elected president, as well as 20 years of anti-affirmative-action campaigns.

“Right now, I feel like it’s reverse discrimination,” said one poll respondent, a white, 69-year-old retired teacher from Rhode Island, who was interviewed for this story and did not wish to be identified. “I did support it at first, but, gradually, because of this reverse discrimination it’s gone too far.”

By the fast-approaching end of its term, the Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision in a case determining whether the University of Texas admissions program violated the Constitution by using racial preferences. {snip}

Not surprisingly, there is a wide divide on the issue along racial lines. Among whites polled, almost six in 10 (56 percent) oppose affirmative action. But among minorities asked, eight in 10 blacks and six in 10 Hispanics favor it.

There is also an ideological split, with 67 percent of Democrats saying the programs are still needed, compared to 22 percent of Republicans and 17 percent of Tea Party supporters. And just 39 percent of independents agree that affirmative action should be continued.

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  • Don’t forget the source, people. This is bad news for NBC and the mass media.
    They are trying to make you feel safe and pacified.

    • me

      Yup. The brown tsunami is coming…..

      • blight14

        That may explain the massive ammunition hoarding………hypothetically……

    • WhiteGayMale

      If it’s bad news for NBC, why would they report it? How are they trying to make us feel safe and pacified? And what does the author’s first and last names have to do with it?

  • sbuffalonative

    Just 45 percent of respondents said they believe affirmative action programs are still needed to counteract the effects of discrimination against minorities

    Just wait until Americans learn that 11 million plus are going to be eligible for affirmative action.

    • blight14

      Sadly, its more like 30+ million…………..

  • I don’t even believe support for AA is this “high.” If AA was an even-steven issue, then why does it lose and anti-AA measures win almost all the time when they’re on public ballots?

    • BGManofID

      Actually, it seems about right, if you consider that most of the 45% in favor are nonwhites.

  • The__Bobster

    Just 45 percent of respondents said they believe affirmative action programs are still needed to counteract the effects of discrimination against minorities
    __________

    How many of the 45% are recipients of AA preferences?

  • The__Bobster

    The number of Americans supporting affirmative action has been in decline over the past two decades, down from a high of 61 percent in its favor in 1991.
    _____________

    I don’t remember people being that stupid back then, but maybe the media brainwashing had more effect back then.

    • Yes, they really ARE that stupid. While most of you agree with me on THIS site, I receive so many insults, thumbs down, and violation notices on other sites, that I’ve lost count.
      This week, I’ve been getting dozens of insults over at that Cheerios interracial ad article.

      • NM156

        People also don’t have a f**king clue about anything-especially left wing douchebags. Ever notice the wild fluctuations in poll responses to questions about immigration? The pollers are also responsible for bullshit since they ask questions that can only be responded to in the affirmative for the biased poller.

      • World_War_Me

        This happens to me, as well.

  • bigone4u

    AA is theft–theft of a spot in a college classroom, theft of a job, theft of income that should rightly go to someone else. AA is also economic inefficiency in action. Non AA employees have to take up the slack for the slackers. Call AA what it really is–theft.

    • joemcgee

      Agreed, but the theft must continue, lest the illusion of minority competence be destroyed.

      • Sick of it

        Funny thing is, even when you talk to some liberals about minority competence, they roll their eyes…just won’t do anything about it.

  • The__Bobster

    “Right now, I feel like it’s reverse discrimination,” said one poll respondent, a white, 69-year-old retired teacher from Rhode Island, who was interviewed for this story and did not wish to be identified.

    __________

    Show some yarbles, Teach. You can’t be fired anyone and the tribe can’t take your pension…although they did try that in NYC for hate thoughts.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/fdny_blog_bigot_iq55UnelQAZy1rD60jCnhL

  • Tinfoil A22hat

    I just love the bit thrown in there about “20 years of anti-affirmative action campaigns”. That must mean the actual behavior of the beneficiaries and the obvious lack of significant progress in their evolution into productive citizens in the modern world, regardless of the leg up and bend over backwards favoritism received. I don’t remember any anti AA campaigns, but there sure is a lot of pro AA propaganda.

    • BonusGift

      As I read that bit my BS detector also spun off the chart too. Since I can remember, media, academia, etc. have been 24/7 with either not mentioning it (e.g., Barry Soetoro’s, and that thing he calls his wife, whole existence from high school to White House) or systematically praising and unjustly justifying it (e.g., the cultural Marxist hack that wrote this article by mentioning the “20 years of anti affirmative action campaigns” that only existed in their idiotic brainwashed head).

  • WowReally

    Not to mention years and years of giving minorities a stepstool to stand taller than us has really gone to their heads and they honestly believe their height on that stepstool is their actual height.

    Minorities fear having to walk on their own 2. Time to take off the training wheels and let them be big boys and girls.

  • JohnEngelman

    When affirmative action was first proposed by President Johnson in a 1965 speech at Howard University the justification behind it was that inferior average performance by blacks was an artificial and temporary result of racial discrimination.

    Forty eight years later this justification can no longer be maintained.

    • me

      As long as there are White people to blame for their failure, minorities will still insist it’s because of ‘racism’ and ‘White privilege’ that they have failed…..

    • MBlanc46

      This is a very important point. 40-50 years ago, we didn’t really know what caused racial disparities in outcomes (no ordinary person knew what DNA was in 1965). Since then a lot of research has been done that strongly indicates that intelligence has a strong hereditary component. And forty years of “programs” have almost all resulted in failure. What seemed plausible in 1970 now appears completely wrongheaded.

  • Jefferson

    [QUOTE]Not surprisingly, there is a wide divide on the issue along racial
    lines. Among whites polled, almost six in 10 (56 percent) oppose
    affirmative action.[/QUOTE]

    Only 56 percent of Whites oppose affirmative action. That percentage is still too low in my opinion.

    That means 44 percent of Whites are a complete lost cause with not a single racially aware bone in their bodies.

    [QUOTE]There is also an ideological split, with 67 percent of Democrats saying
    the programs are still needed, compared to 22 percent of Republicans and
    17 percent of Tea Party supporters.[/QUOTE]

    That means 22 percent of Republicans are RINOs and 17 percent of Tea Party supporters are fake “conservatives”. I bet they all support amnesty as well.

    • NM156

      Those whites should be waterboarded until they change their warped minds.

    • SlyDeNiro

      Those 6 in 10 are the ones who haven’t been displaced by AA–yet.

  • Guest

    I wonder how many among the 45% are minorities themselves standing to benefit from affirmative action.

  • borogirl54

    I think that affirmative action does not really help anyone. Blacks and Hispanics who use affirmative action to get into selective colleges end up dropping out while more qualified Asians and whites are sacrificed in order to reflect “diversity” on college campuses.

    • Hal K

      That is wishful thinking. Blacks and Hispanics benefit from affirmative action and other types of racial preferences. Focus on white group interests instead of trying to appeal to nonwhite group interests.

    • NM156

      Affirmative action in college admissions is a minor problem compared to affirmative action preferences and set-asides on the job. It’s responsible for all of them with decent, support-a-family jobs in getting those jobs. Inflation-adjusted wages are stuck at 1970s levels, yet every utility company is stuffed with foreign minorities doing $60K jobs that none of my high school classmates could ever hope to get.

      • BonusGift

        The two feed on themselves. That is, without the college admissions part the job part would not be as important, etc.

  • NM156

    The fact that 67% of liberals see no moral contradiction in supporting mass immigration of minorities and affirmative action for them shows them to be either completely, profoundly stupid or fundamentally evil.

    • me

      Evil and stupid….a deadly combination.

  • Diamond_Lil

    AA doesn’t work and stop the mandatory diversity programs too.

    • Morris LeChat

      and nullify all “hate crime laws”

      • Diamond_Lil

        Yes., absolutely.

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    “Are Americans experiencing “diversity fatigue”?” I SURE HOPE SO!

  • connorhus

    The Only reason Affirmative Action is still “on the books” as it were is because it benefits White Females.

    Take them out of the loop and see how fast 100% of Whites are against it and how fast we have a White Party.

  • would have been interesting to see what percent of white males were against it

  • THE MAN

    Affirmative action is discrimination . They came up with the term” reverse discrimination” to somehow make it seem like its different .The 14 amendment grants equal protection under the law but one conservative justice was the deciding vote on an affirmative action case in the Supreme court and made her decision not based on law but based on what she felt society needed at the time. To me discrimination is discrimination . Affirmation action relegates whites to a” second class” status and violates “equal protection under the law “. I don’t think surveys are relevant in this case .

  • Epiminondas

    “This just in: Yankees awaken from 40-year slumber. Details at eleven.”

    • Morris LeChat

      when they have a several million man march on DC to protest this bill, Then I will believe they have woken up. How about july the 4th!

  • Bob Jenkins

    Amazing – it’s almost as if people don’t like policies that have ABSOLUTELY NO benefits for them, and nothing but downsides?

    WHO’DA THUNK?

  • evilsandmich

    Yeah I’ve had multiple accounts kick-banned from the Pain Dealer’s site; usually for bringing race up in a post (which happens a lot in Cleveland, which is why a goodly percent of their articles don’t even allow comments).

  • SlyDeNiro

    Yes, the south is home to Griggs vs. Duke Power

  • fransusan

    I don’t believe anything will change. AA is too entrenched. Society is built around it and the black race depends on it. They would collapse without AA and political correctness propping them up. Change is impossible without a revolution.

  • Paleoconn

    I think those numbers are BS. No way that many Whites support it.

    No surprise that Demorat voters support it; most of these elitists don’t feel the adverse effects of racial preferences. I do, however, intensely hope that the two White law students who were once snubbed in favor of wise Latina Sotomayor were staunch leftists. You reap what you sow.