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Most Americans Want Race Out of Admissions Decisions

October 24, 2022

Most Americans support the Supreme Court moving to stop colleges from considering race and ethnicity in admissions decisions, according to a national poll by The Washington Post and the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

The poll was of 1,238 U.S. adults, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Every racial and ethnic group except for African Americans had the same perspective.

Most white, Asian and Hispanic Americans say colleges shouldn't consider race in admissions, though Black Americans are split. Bar chart showing responses to the question Would you support or oppose the Supreme Court banning colleges and universities from considering a student's race and ethnicity when making decisions about student admissions?

The same poll, however, found that every group thinks “programs designed to increase the racial diversity of students on college campuses are a good thing.”

Majority says programs designed to increase racial diversity of college students are a good thing. Bar chart shows responses to question In general, do you think programs designed to increase the racial diversity of students on college campuses are a good thing or a bad thing?

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