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on affirmative action, racial data
than half of Sacramento area residents think the United States should
keep affirmative action laws and policies, though they’re
divided by where they live, gender, race, education and political
affiliation, according to a survey by researchers at California
State University, Sacramento.
The survey also shows 52 percent of the region’s residents
think the state should stop collecting data on race and ethnicity.
Such a change is proposed by the “Racial Privacy Initiative,”
scheduled for the California ballot in March 2004.
The findings are the latest from the “Annual Survey of Public
Opinion and Life Quality in the Sacramento Region,” and come
as the Supreme Court prepares to hear a challenge to admission policies
at the University of Michigan’s law school. The case has reignited
the national debate on affirmative action.
Overall, 52 percent of Sacramento area residents said affirmative
action is still necessary in the United States and 40 percent think
Residents of Placer (49 percent) and El Dorado (47 percent) counties
are more likely to support ending affirmative action than those
in Yolo (38 percent) and Sacramento (37 percent) counties.
Sixty percent of Republicans said it is time to end affirmative
action, while 63 percent of Democrats said it should be kept. And
57 percent of women and of those with college degrees think affirmative
action should be maintained.
The second “Annual Survey of Public Opinion and Life Quality
in the Sacramento Region” was carried out by CSUS sociology
professor Amy Liu and more than 30 students at the Institute for
Social Research. They surveyed 996 randomly selected adults in the
Capital Region from Feb. 15 to March 13. The margin of error is
A copy of the findings is available as a link from the press release
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