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Most Americans Support College Affirmative Action, Pew Research Finds

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 15: Students protest in support of affirmative action, outside the Supreme Court during the hearing of 'Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action' on October 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. The case revolves around affirmative action and whether or not states have the right to ban schools from using race as a consideration in school admissions. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) | Andrew Burton via Getty Images

A wide majority of Americans support affirmative action programs on college campuses, according to a poll published Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.

The survey, conducted in February and March of this year, found 63 percent of Americans described affirmative action programs designed to increase the number of black and minority students on college campuses as a "good thing," while just 30 percent of respondents described the program as a "bad thing."

While a majority of Americans agree on the issue, there are divides along both partisan and racial lines. Eighty-four percent of blacks and 80 percent of Hispanics believe affirmative action is a good thing, while only 55 percent of whites feel the same. Majorities of Democrats and independents -- 78 percent and 62 percent, respectively -- also support the programs, while half of Republicans oppose them.

The poll was conducted by telephone from February 27 to March 16 among 3,335 American adults living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

The survey's release comes just after the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the state of Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions decisions. Last year, the high court referred a case challenging the University of Texas' use of race in admissions back to the lower courts, essentially side-stepping the issue.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey in June 2013 found the number of Americans who believed affirmative action programs were still needed was tied with the portion who think such a policy should be ended at 45 percent.

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