June 29, 2009 - Quinnipiac University Poll Team Available To Discuss; Recent Poll Findings On New Haven, Affirmative Action
Members of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute are available to discuss today's U.S. Supreme Court decision in light of a June 3 poll showing American voters disagreed 71 - 19 percent with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayer's ruling in the New Haven firefighters' case.

In that survey more than 70 percent of voters said diversity is not a good enough reason to give minorities preferential treatment in competition for government or private sector jobs.

Looking at specifics of affirmative action, American voters:
  • Support 55 - 39 percent affirmative action for the disabled in hiring, promotions and college admissions.
  • Oppose 70 - 25 percent giving some racial groups preference for government jobs to increase diversity.
  • Oppose 74 - 21 percent giving some racial groups preference for private sector jobs to increase diversity.
  • Oppose 61 - 33 percent affirmative action for blacks in hiring, promotion and college entry. Black voters support this 69 - 26 percent, as do Hispanics 51 - 46 percent;
  • Oppose 62 - 32 percent affirmative action for white women in hiring, promotion and college entry.
The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed - http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.