(PatriotNewsDaily.com) – The Supreme Court is set to decide whether affirmative action is going to survive. The majority of U.S. adults believe that colleges should be allowed to continue taking race into account during the admissions process. However, only a few believe that race should play an important role in the decision-making process.
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research May poll showed that 63 percent of respondents believe that the Supreme Court should not prohibit colleges from taking into account race and ethnicity as part of the admission process. According to the poll, the results were fairly similar regardless of political or racial lines.
Of those polled, more people argued that grades and standardized test scores needed to be more important, while 68 percent said that race and ethnicity should not play an important role. The poll also found that there is general support for affirmative action, despite the future of this practice being questioned.
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on lawsuits challenging admissions systems at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. As the court currently has a conservative majority, many people are preparing for the decision to either limit or completely eliminate race from the admissions procedure. Americans believe that while race should be permitted on a college application, it should not be a decisive factor in the admission process.
Colleges have argued that race is only one of the many factors that officials take into account when selecting which students are accepted at their programs.
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