A new survey from the Pew Research Center has found that 73 percent of Americans believe that colleges and universities should not consider race or ethnicity when making admissions decisions. Only 7 percent say race should be a major factor in admissions and 19 percent say it should be a minor factor.
When broken down by race, 78 percent of White respondents thought that race and ethnicity should not be an admissions factor compared to 62 percent of Black respondents. Additionally, there was a disparity seen among political parties; 85 percent of Republicans and those who leaned more towards the right said that race should not be an admissions factor compared to 63 percent of Democrats and those who leaned more towards the left.
The two factors that the majority of participants thought should have the biggest influence on admissions decisions were high school grades and standardized test scores. In addition to race, the other two factors that the majority of respondents thought should not influence admissions decisions were gender and whether or not a relative had attended the particular college or university.