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Most Oppose Affirmative Action in College Admissions

Americans have mixed feelings about affirmative action programs in general, but most agree with the Trump administration’s decision to reverse Obama era policies that made race a deciding factor in college admissions.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 53% of American Adults believe it is better for higher education in the United States if colleges and universities accept only the most qualified students for admissions. Thirty-seven percent (37%) disagree and say it’s better instead if colleges and universities make sure there is enough racial diversity in the students they accept. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 5 and 8, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 5 and 8, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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