‘Not Fair!’ 88% Of Millennials Oppose Affirmative Action

Millennials between the ages of 14 to 24 years old largely oppose affirmative action on the basis of race, or race-based preferential treatment, according to a survey conducted by MTV.

The MTV survey found that 88 percent of Millennials oppose race-based affirmative action, saying that they “believe that favoring one race over another is unfair.” And, even higher, 90 percent of Millennials said that everyone should be treated the same, specifically when it came to job hiring and college admissions, regardless of race.

Furthermore, overall 70 percent of the Millennials surveyed said they believe “it’s never fair to give preferential treatment to one race over another, regardless of historical inequalities.”

Among white Millennials, 74 percent said “it’s never fair to give preferential treatment to one race over another, regardless of historical inequalities,”  and among minority Millennials, 65 percent agreed with the statement.

67 percent of Millennials, according to the survey, said the country is still heavily divided even though there is a black president in office.

White Millennials, however, do for the most part disagree with minority Millennials on issues such as modern-day discrimination. For example, 48 percent of white Millennials surveyed said that “discrimination against white people has become as big a problem as discrimination against racial minority groups.” Only 27 percent of minority Millennials, on the other hand, said this was true.

When asked whether “white people have more opportunities today than racial minority groups,” 39% of whites agreed while 65% of minorities felt whites were more advantaged. And when asked whether the “government pays too much attention to the problems of racial minority groups,” 41% of whites agreed while only 21% of minorities did.

The data comes just as the United States Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s constitutional amendment last month, which bans affirmative action, or preferential treatment to individuals solely because of their race, gender, ethnicity or national origin.

Eight states now have constitutional bans on affirmative action including Oklahoma, New Hampshire, Arizona and Nebraska, which has a ban on affirmative action specifically for college admissions.

This report has been updated to correct a portion of the survey that was misinterpreted. 

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