By Jay Clemons | Saturday, 22 October 2022
A Washington Post-Schar School poll reveals that more than 60% of Americans favor a ban on the consideration of race for college admissions.
The survey — which chronicled the opinions of 1,238 adults over a recent four-day period (Oct. 7-10) — comes shortly before the Supreme Court is slated to hear arguments on challenging race-based admissions for college entrance, with Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill going before the justices on Oct. 31.
The Post-Schar poll found that 63% of respondents would support changes to race-conscious admissions. At the same time, 64% also expressed support for more racial diversity with students at the college level.
Also, for the Post-Schar poll, 60% of respondents believe that applicants from high-income families have a decisive advantage with getting into the college of their choice. Along those lines, 62% of surveygoers say prospective students from low-income families are less likely to gain admission into their list of preferred schools.
Justin Gest, an associate professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, said the survey suggests the public craves a middle path to college diversity programs.
“So the message to universities seems to be: Cultivate and champion diversity without discriminating by race and ethnicity,” Gest told The Post.