Poll: Americans Agree With Supreme Court on Affirmative Action

A poll conducted just days after a 6-3 Supreme Court decision striking down affirmative action in college admissions found that the court’s ruling was in step with the opinion of a majority of Americans.

The poll, conducted by ABC and Ipsos, found that 52 percent of Americans approve of the Supreme Court’s ruling, while 32 percent disapprove.

Seventy-five percent of Republicans and 58 percent of Independents approved, and 26 percent of Democrats.

Even former Democratic President Obama seemed to agree that affirmative action was never a ‘complete answer’ to racial inequality.

“Affirmative action was never a complete answer in the drive towards a more just society,” former President Obama said.

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He did say that it provided opportunities for people who have been ‘excluded’ from elite universities.

“But for generations of students who had been systematically excluded from most of America’s key institutions—it gave us the chance to show we more than deserved a seat at the table.”

Harvard University, one of the nation’s most elite educational institutions that were at the center of the Supreme Court case, released a statement saying that they would ‘comply’ with the court’s decision but defiantly stated that they will continue to find ways to consider race in college admissions.

“The Court also ruled that colleges and universities may consider in admissions decisions “an applicant’s discussion of how race affected his or her life, be it through discrimination, inspiration, or otherwise.” We will certainly comply with the Court’s decision.” The university said in a statement signed by the President and various deans.

The university went on to say that they have ‘vigorously defended’ their admissions system that was found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court and that they will continue to find ways to preserve their ‘essential values’ despite the decision.

“For almost a decade, Harvard has vigorously defended an admissions system that, as two federal courts ruled, fully complied with longstanding precedent. In the weeks and months ahead, drawing on the talent and expertise of our Harvard community, we will determine how to preserve, consistent with the Court’s new precedent, our essential values.” They concluded.

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a concurring opinion for the court blasting race-based admissions at universities.

He implied that race-based admissions policies are even more racially biased than the racially segregated South where he grew up.

“Even in the segregated South where I grew up, individuals were not the sum of their skin color,” Thomas wrote.

Thomas said that he hopes eliminating affirmative action will be a positive step towards equality for all Americans.

“While I am painfully aware of the social and economic ravages which have befallen my race and all who suffer discrimination,” he added, “I hold out enduring hope that this country will live up to its principles so clearly enunciated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States: that all men are created equal, are equal citizens, and must be treated equally before the law.” He said.

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