Top header graphic with link to CSUS Home Page california state university, sacramento
Header Graphic
sac state homeuniversity affairspublic affairs

   search CSUS

   main news page

media resources graphic
   news releases
   news and events

   fact & stats
   experts guide
   news by e-mail
   contact news
     services staff

publications graphic
   Capital University

   CSUS Bulletin
   CSUS Catalog
   Viewbook (pdf)
   How-to Guide (pdf)

calendars graphic
   events this month
   search events

people graphic

   new faces
   in the news

   in memoriam

additional news graphic
   Capital Public Radio
   alumni association
   crime alerts
   CSU system
   CSU campuses

visitors resources graphic
   ceremonies and     
     visitor relations

   CSUS ticket office
   campus directory
   campus tours

contact us graphic
   news services
     staff directory

   submit news
     & events



April 1 , 2003

Survey quizzes region
on affirmative action, racial data

Full report

More 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 it isn’t.

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 3 percent.

A copy of the findings is available as a link from the press release at Additional media assistance is available by contacting CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.


Bottom bar graphic back to top

California State University, Sacramento • Public Affairs
6000 J Street • Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 • (916) 278-6156 •