Americans continue to believe colleges should admit applicants based solely on merit (70%), rather than taking into account applicants' race and ethnicity in order to promote diversity (26%). These findings suggest Americans would disagree with the Supreme Court's recent decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, in which the court essentially ruled that colleges can continue to consider race as a factor in their admissions decisions to increase diversity on their campuses.
Gallup, in collaboration with Inside Higher Ed, also asked a slightly different question focusing directly on the Fisher v. University of Texas decision in a separate June 29-July 2 poll. The question described it as "a case that confirms that colleges can consider the race or ethnicity of students when making decisions on who to admit to the college." The results were similar to the more generic Gallup trend question, with 65% disapproving and 31% approving of the Supreme Court decision.
Monday, July 11, 2016
People Oppose Racial Preferences in College Admissions