Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #23624
 
1When a California state university reviews applications from high school seniors and decides who to admit to the freshman class, should the state university treat all applicants the same, regardless of their background? Or, should certain populations be given preferential treatment, to make up for the fact that individuals with their background may have been denied admission in an earlier time?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationParty AggregatedIdeologyIdeology AggregatedMilitary/veteranEducationIncomeUrbanityRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 4 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicIndependConservaVery ConSomewhatModerateSomewhatVery LibConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRuralCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Treat All Applicants The Same72%73%71%71%62%83%79%66%82%83%57%63%66%**86%96%69%67%81%49%80%75%69%89%76%73%75%50%81%73%65%74%72%65%74%74%70%74%71%67%75%81%78%72%66%73%
Certain Populations / Preferential Treatment14%17%11%17%15%10%12%16%11%11%33%14%16%**13%0%16%21%9%20%18%13%13%6%16%11%16%24%12%11%19%21%13%5%19%14%15%16%11%15%13%12%13%17%13%10%
Not Sure14%10%18%12%23%7%9%18%8%7%10%23%18%**1%4%15%12%10%31%1%11%18%5%8%16%9%26%7%16%16%5%15%30%7%12%16%10%18%18%12%7%9%11%21%18%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%33%23%14%63%37%45%6%33%17%5%9%8%16%9%26%16%14%33%42%9%14%33%23%15%23%33%38%18%81%20%35%45%31%38%31%36%50%9%18%40%21%21%
 
 
2More specifically now, if a white applicant for college and an Asian American applicant for college are being considered for acceptance at a state university, should the two applicants be treated identically? Should the white student be given preference? Or should the Asian American student be given preference?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationParty AggregatedIdeologyIdeology AggregatedMilitary/veteranEducationIncomeUrbanityRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 3.1 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicIndependConservaVery ConSomewhatModerateSomewhatVery LibConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRuralCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Treated Identically86%82%89%79%88%90%90%83%90%88%83%87%77%**92%95%80%92%88%91%84%87%89%81%83%91%86%85%82%91%85%87%87%83%84%89%81%89%86%81%91%91%86%85%89%84%
White Student Given Preference3%6%1%7%2%2%2%4%2%4%3%4%1%**5%1%3%0%1%4%11%2%2%10%9%2%2%0%9%2%1%6%3%4%4%3%5%3%2%4%2%3%3%6%1%1%
Asian American Student Given Preference3%5%2%7%2%1%1%5%1%2%1%3%8%**2%3%3%2%6%0%2%2%4%2%1%4%3%7%2%4%5%3%4%1%4%4%2%3%5%5%3%0%6%2%4%3%
Not Sure7%8%7%7%8%7%7%8%7%5%13%6%15%**1%1%14%6%5%4%4%9%5%7%7%4%9%8%7%4%9%3%7%13%8%5%12%4%7%10%5%6%4%8%6%12%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%33%23%14%63%37%45%6%33%17%5%9%8%16%9%26%16%14%33%42%9%14%33%23%15%23%33%38%18%81%20%35%45%31%38%31%36%50%9%18%40%21%21%
 
 
3If a white applicant and a Latino applicant are being considered, should the two applicants be treated identically? Should the white student be given preference? Or should the Latino student be given preference?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationParty AggregatedIdeologyIdeology AggregatedMilitary/veteranEducationIncomeUrbanityRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 3.5 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicIndependConservaVery ConSomewhatModerateSomewhatVery LibConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRuralCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Treated Identically81%77%85%77%81%85%83%79%84%83%78%85%69%**91%96%79%84%81%80%84%84%81%83%82%87%78%74%82%87%76%80%83%82%83%79%80%82%81%75%85%91%84%81%84%75%
White Student Given Preference3%5%2%3%4%3%3%4%3%4%5%3%2%**3%1%2%0%3%2%5%1%3%11%2%1%4%2%6%1%3%3%3%6%3%3%4%3%2%5%2%4%4%4%3%1%
Latino Student Given Preference9%11%7%14%8%6%4%11%5%7%9%10%11%**4%3%4%12%11%13%9%6%12%4%10%8%7%20%8%8%12%12%8%4%8%12%5%11%10%11%9%0%6%10%8%11%
Not Sure7%7%6%7%6%6%10%6%8%6%7%2%18%**2%1%16%3%5%5%1%9%5%2%5%4%11%5%4%4%8%6%6%9%6%6%11%4%7%9%4%5%6%5%5%13%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%33%23%14%63%37%45%6%33%17%5%9%8%16%9%26%16%14%33%42%9%14%33%23%15%23%33%38%18%81%20%35%45%31%38%31%36%50%9%18%40%21%21%
 
 
4If a white applicant and an African American applicant are being considered, should they be treated identically? Should the white student be given preference? Or should the African American student be given preference?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationParty AggregatedIdeologyIdeology AggregatedMilitary/veteranEducationIncomeUrbanityRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 3.7 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Strong RRepublicIndy LeaIndependIndy LeaDemocratStrong DRepublicIndependConservaVery ConSomewhatModerateSomewhatVery LibConservaModerateLiberalYesNoHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KUrbanSuburbanRuralCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Treated Identically78%77%80%78%74%83%82%76%83%81%79%79%70%**90%94%75%82%83%65%84%82%76%78%81%81%78%72%80%81%76%79%80%84%81%74%81%81%74%70%84%92%83%76%83%75%
White Student Given Preference4%7%2%6%3%4%3%5%4%5%0%5%2%**3%2%3%2%3%4%9%3%3%13%9%2%4%0%10%2%3%7%4%5%5%3%5%5%3%5%2%3%4%7%2%2%
African American Student Given Preference11%9%12%11%15%6%8%13%7%8%14%12%13%**4%3%8%12%10%26%5%8%16%6%5%13%9%21%5%13%13%10%11%1%8%18%4%12%17%17%9%0%6%13%10%11%
Not Sure7%7%6%5%8%7%7%6%7%5%7%4%15%**3%1%13%5%4%5%2%8%4%3%6%4%9%7%5%4%8%4%6%10%6%5%10%3%7%8%5%5%6%5%5%12%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%33%23%14%63%37%45%6%33%17%5%9%8%16%9%26%16%14%33%42%9%14%33%23%15%23%33%38%18%81%20%35%45%31%38%31%36%50%9%18%40%21%21%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.