Supreme Court Decision Divides Americans on Race in College Admissions


FILE - Demonstrators protest outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, June 29, 2023, after the Supreme Court struck down affirmative action in college admissions, saying race cannot be a factor. Days after the Supreme Court outlawed affirmative action in college admissions, activists say they will sue Harvard over its use of legacy preferences for children of alumni. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
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 A new poll shows that a slight majority of Americans, 52%, agree with the Supreme Court’s decision to remove race as a factor in college admissions. However, there is a significant divide along racial lines with most white Americans, 60%, in favor of the decision, and most Black Americans and Latinos opposed.

The poll, conducted by ABC News-Ipsos, also found that most white Americans believe that people of all racial backgrounds have an equal chance of being accepted by a college. However, 70% of Black Americans and 60% of Latinos believe that is not the case.

The Supreme Court’s decision is a significant setback for affirmative action, which has been used by colleges and universities to increase diversity on campuses. The decision is likely to have a major impact on college admissions, making it more difficult for students of minority groups to gain admission to select and elite schools.

Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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