A National Opinion Research Center survey reveals that Americans support affirmative action.
1991 (Apr 15)
The National Opinion Research Center (NORC), an affiliate of the University of Chicago, revealed in its annual national survey that Americans supported affirmative action but opposed reverse discrimination. It found that 71 percent of the white males and 70 percent of the white females polled believed it was very likely or somewhat likely that an equally qualified or less qualified Black person would be hired or promoted before a white person. The survey also asked the white respondents whether they thought the government should have a special obligation to help improve the living standards of Black Americans, or whether there should be no special treatment. Only 15 percent of the white men polled said they believed there was a special obligation for government help, and 53 percent opposed special treatment. Only 16 percent of the white female respondents said there should be a special obligation, while 49 percent opposed special treatment.