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Gallup Poll Shows Broad Support for Supreme Court’s Ban on Race-Based Admissions

A Gallup poll has found that a significant majority of Americans, regardless of their ethnic background, support the Supreme Court’s decision to prohibit race as a factor in college admissions.

Widespread Support of SCOTUS Decision

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The survey, conducted among 12,443 adults late last year, indicates widespread approval of ending affirmative action policies in the United States.

Broad Support for Ending Affirmative Action

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68 percent of US adults consider the Supreme Court’s decision to eliminate race-based admissions as “mostly a good thing.”

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Transcends Ethnic Boundaries

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This sentiment transcends ethnic boundaries, with substantial support from white, Asian, Hispanic, and even black Americans, who were one of the intended beneficiaries of affirmative action.

Views Among Black Respondents

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Despite affirmative action’s historical aim to assist black Americans, the Gallup poll reveals that 52 percent of black respondents viewed the Supreme Court’s ruling as a positive development, while 48 percent expressed sadness at its discontinuation.

Affirmative Action and the DEI Debate

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This survey emerges against the backdrop of a heated national debate surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts, including affirmative action and recruitment targets.

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Supreme Court’s Landmark Ruling

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In June 2023, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling against race-conscious admissions programs at two universities, effectively putting an end to affirmative action in higher education institutions.

Public’s Perspective on the Ruling

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Gallup reports that the ruling garners significant public support. However, it also acknowledges mixed responses based on racial lines, with black respondents expressing more concerns about future opportunities at universities.

Impact on Higher Education

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Respondents generally agreed that the Supreme Court’s decision would have a positive impact on America’s higher education system. Most participants did not believe the ruling would significantly alter their ethnic group’s chances of gaining college admission.

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Concerns Among Black Respondents

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Contrary to this, 52 percent of black respondents believed that getting into university would become more challenging due to the ruling.

Shift in Focus to Private Sector

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Edward Blum, known for challenging affirmative action, has shifted his attention from universities to diversity hiring in the private sector. Lawsuits against law firms and corporations have resulted in changes to diversity rules.

America First Legal’s Complaints

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America First Legal (AFL), founded by Stephen Miller, has filed complaints with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against over 20 companies, including American Airlines, Macy’s, McDonald’s, and Salesforce, alleging discrimination through their DEI efforts.

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Elon Musk’s Stance

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Billionaire Elon Musk has been a vocal critic of DEI initiatives, asserting that they amount to reverse-racism and are both immoral and illegal. Musk has faced controversy over his views on diversity goals in the workplace.

DEI’s Advocates and Critics

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Supporters argue that DEI schemes enhance diversity in workplaces and educational institutions, benefiting marginalized groups. Critics view them as performative and claim they foster backlash discrimination against straight, white men.

Tensions in Workplace

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DEI teams, responsible for addressing racial bias, microaggressions, and ‘white privilege,’ often encounter resistance and tension in workplaces, leading to debates among long-standing employees.

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