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Poll: California voters don’t want racial preferences reinstated


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Paul Mirengoff

September 22, 2020

In 1996, voters in California passed Proposition 209, which amended the state’s constitution to prohibit public institutions from discriminating on the basis of race, sex, or ethnicity. I wrote about the beneficial effects of Prop 209, including higher graduation rates for Blacks and Latinos, in this post.

This year, Californians will vote on Proposition 16, an attempt to remove the ban on racial preferences from the state’s constitution. Prop 16 has the support of governor Gavin Newsom, Kamala Harris, the entire state Democratic establishment, the teachers unions, Hollywood, and woke athletes. Its backers enjoy a massive financial advantage over its opponents.

However, a new poll finds that Prop 16 lacks the support of one very important group — California voters. According to the poll, only 31 percent of likely voters say they will vote for it. 47 percent say they will vote against it.



YES Amend Proposition 16!

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