Most Americans OK With Affirmative Action Ruling

52% of Americans approve of it, while just 32% disapprove, poll finds
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2023 2:00 AM CDT
Affirmative Action Decision May Not Be as Controversial as You Think
FILE - The Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon, April 19, 2023, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

The majority of Americans approve of the recent Supreme Court decision gutting affirmative action, according to a new ABC News poll. Just 32% disapprove of the ruling, which restricts the use of race as a factor in college and university admissions, while another 16% said they don't know whether they approve or disapprove. Among Republicans, 75% approve of the SCOTUS decision, but just 26% of Democrats approve. (Among independents, 58% approve.) And a higher percentage of white people (60%) and Asian people (58%) approve when compared to Black people (25%) and Hispanic people (40% approve and 40% disapprove). Other poll findings:

  • When asked if they believe Black and Hispanic students have a fair chance of being admitted to the higher education institution of their choice when compared to white and Asian students, however, just 47% of poll respondents believed Black students had a fair shot while 50% believed Hispanic students did. (Asked about white and Asian students' chances, two-thirds of poll respondents believed they have a fair shot.)
  • When asked if they believe the country's highest court makes rulings based on justices' political beliefs or based on the law, 53% said partisan political beliefs while 33% said on the basis of law and 14% didn't know.
See more from the poll here. (Read more affirmative action stories.)

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