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Study: Americans Support Affirmative Action Admission Programs by 2 to 1 Margin


By Richard Jackowaycollege app

Americans are more than twice as likely to support affirmative action in college admissions than oppose it, according to the most recent report by the Pew Research Center.

The survey finds 63 percent of respondents said affirmative action programs that aim to increase African American and minority student enrollment was a “good thing” compared with 30 percent who called it a “bad thing.”

The survey divided the respondents into seven political typologies.

Solid Liberals voiced the most support for affirmative action, by 87 to 10 percent.

Two conservative typologies, Steadfast Conservatives and Business Conservatives, were the biggest opponents, with 60 percent of each listing affirmative action as bad.

The results are part of a larger report, “Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology.”

The Center identified four groups of voters who are less partisan and less predictable in their views.

Here is how they weighed in on affirmative action:

- Young Outsiders (62 percent good; 33 percent bad) hold conservative views on government but not social issues.
- Hard-Pressed Skeptics (70 percent good; 21 percent bad) are financially stressed and pessimistic.
- Next Generation Left (71 percent good; 24 percent bad) are young and liberal on social issues, but less so on social safety net.
- Faith and Family Left (74 percent good; 16 percent bad) are racially diverse and religious.

The full report can be found at


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