Whopping 64 Percent Of Republicans Say Affirmative Action ‘Unfairly Discriminates Against White People’ — Almost TRIPLE Everyone Else
Republicans are almost three times as likely as everyone else to say that affirmative action policies “unfairly discriminate against white
In a new Yahoo! News/YouGov poll, respondents were asked “Which of the following comes closer to your opinion” about affirmative action policies?
They were given two choices. An overwhelming 64 percent of Republicans responded that “Affirmative action programs have gone too far in favoring minorities, and should be ended because they unfairly discriminate against white people,” while only 19 percent chose the other option.
Among all other respondents, a majority said that “Affirmative action programs are still needed to counteract the effects of discrimination against minorities, and are a good idea as long as there are no rigid quotas.”
That includes a 67%-14% majority of Democrats and a 40%-35% plurality of independents. Only 23 percent of non-Republicans agreed that affirmative action policies “should be ended because they unfairly discriminate against white people.”
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases challenging affirmative action policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina. From The New York Times:
The paper also notes that “The court’s new conservative supermajority may be skeptical of admissions programs that take account of race to foster educational diversity,” a reference to the six justices who were appointed by Republican presidents — three by former President Donald Trump.
President Joe Biden has pledged to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.