Half Of Americans Oppose Race-Based Admissions At Elite Colleges Ahead Of SCOTUS Ruling: Poll

Fifty percent of Americans oppose race-based measures ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of affirmative action in college admissions, according to a Pew Research poll Thursday.

About 74% of Republicans oppose the use of affirmative action, and 29% of Democrats oppose race-based admissions, according to Pew Research. poll. In October, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in two cases determining whether the adoption of race-based admissions policies by Harvard University and the University of North Carolina was constitutional. (Related: Exclusive: Republican Senators Submit Bill to Ban Higher Education Accrediting Agencies from Considering ‘Diversity’ Initiatives)

A poll found that about 49% of Americans believe that race-based admissions processes make them less fair, and 20% think race-based admissions processes make them fairer. Among those without a college degree, 52% oppose the use of affirmative action.

A poll found that one-third of Americans believe that students who enter colleges are less qualified to attend colleges because of affirmative action. In addition, about 35% of black Americans say they have been harmed by efforts aimed at increasing racial diversity.

Supporters of affirmative action in higher education rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC, October 31, 2022. (Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Students for Fair Admissions, a non-profit organization that fights race-based policies, said in Supreme Court oral argument that the University of North Carolina uses race as a determining factor in all stages of the admissions process, Harvard University claimed to impose certain restrictions. Regarding the number of ethnic minority students admitted to the university.

The nonprofit takes the court to annul Grutter v. Bollinger, a landmark lawsuit that says racially favored affirmative action admissions policies do not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. asked.

The poll was conducted from March 27 to April 2, 2023, among 5,079 randomly selected adults.

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