A majority of Americans seem to favor affirmative action, but
more support is shown when poll questions are vaguely worded.
When the words â€œpreferencesâ€? or
â€œquotasâ€? are used, support for affirmative action falls
dramatically. In a 2000 National Opinion Research Center poll, the
following question was asked: â€œSome people say that because
of past discrimination, blacks should be given preference in hiring
and promotion. Others say that such preference in hiring and
promotion of blacks is wrong because it discriminates against
whites. What about your opinion â€” are you for or against
preferential hiring and promotion of blacks?â€? Only 13 percent
of whites and 43 percent of blacks said they were â€œforâ€?
Blacks continue to support affirmative action programs more
strongly than do whites, seeing both a greater need and a larger
role for such programs in the present as well as in the