Posted on March 19, 2023

Vast Majority of Americans Oppose Corporate Diversity Quotas, Poll Shows

Laurel Duggan, Daily Caller, March 16, 2023

The vast majority of Americans believe U.S. companies should hire executives based solely on merit, character and quality, according to a CRC Research poll shared exclusively with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Among respondents, 87% supported a merit-based approach, compared to 8% who supported a quota system for race and gender and 5% who were unsure or refused to answer, according to the CRC Research poll conducted for the 85 Fund. The pattern held true across political affiliations, with most Democrats, Republicans and independents favoring a merit-based hiring approach for executives.

At 93%, Republicans were only slightly more likely to oppose racial and gender quotas in corporate hiring compared to other groups: 90% of independents and 86% of Democrats supported a merit-only hiring approach, according to the poll.


Respondents also opposed the use of quotas in deciding who runs companies; 72% opposed the quotas and said board members should be chosen based on merit, compared to 22% who believed U.S. companies should be required to have at least one black person and one woman on their board, according to the poll. Among Democrats, 55% opposed quotas for board members and 40% supported them, while 88% of Republicans opposed the quotas and 8% supported them.