Americans overwhelmingly oppose race-based college admissions and support extending federal benefits to same-sex couples, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that finds broad public agreement on issues awaiting Supreme Court decisions this month.
Three quarters of Americans, 76 percent, oppose allowing universities to consider race when selecting students, the key element in affirmative-action programs in universities nationwide.
A decade ago, the high court approved racial considerations at the University of Michigan Law School but struck down an undergraduate admissions policy that awarded extra points to minority applicants. This year, the court is deciding whether the University of Texas at Austin’s admissions policy — which allows administrators to consider race in admitting about one-quarter of the freshman class — is constitutional.
Most Americans also agree on issues surrounding same-sex marriage as the court decides the fate of California's Proposition 8 measure banning such unions and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Fully 63 percent of Americans support extending federal benefits to gay couples who are legally married in states where they reside, a policy outlawed by DOMA, and 57 percent support legal same-sex marriage in general.