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25% Favor Affirmative Action Programs for College Admissions

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on a lawsuit challenging the University of Texas’ use of race as a factor in admissions. Most Americans believe affirmative action admissions policies discriminate against whites, as the lawsuit argues, and think it’s better for colleges and universities to accept the most qualified students.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 25% of American Adults favor applying affirmative action policies to college admissions. Forty-four percent (44%) oppose such admissions policies, while 34% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on May 28-29, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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