Poll: Americans like the idea of Affirmative Action, remain suspicious of special treatment


    The Supreme Court this week upheld a 2006 Michigan law banning publicly funded colleges from granting “preferential admissions treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.” Let’s see how affirmative action is regarded in the nation at large with Frank Newport, editor in chief at the Gallup Poll.

    American public opinion of Affirmative Action is complex. Most Americans like the concept, but they are suspicious of special treatment in college admissions.

    Listen to the interview for all the stats.

    President Barack Obama noted last week in his announcement about the Affordable Care Act that the economy is still the No. 1 problem for Americans. The latest update on what Americans consider to be the most important problems facing the country today actually shows that Americans are most worried about dysfunctional government.

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    Who do Americans trust most to fix the economy? What is Obama’s latest job approval rating?

    The president’s approval rating can matter because it is related to the outcome of the midterm elections. Various groups are preparing “models” that predict what is going to happen in the House and the Senate.

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