SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The number of Americans who support affirmative action has declined over the past two decades, and it's now at a record low.
Affirmative action programs aim to protect minorities from discrimination and provide them with the same opportunities as whites. But in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 45% of Americans feel such programs have gone too far, and now end up discriminating against whites.
Some argue we're now live in a post-racial America-- with an African American president and minorities in CEO and other leadership positions.
Still, the effort has some support. Martin Vega of Hadley told 22News affirmative action is absolutely still necessary today, to make sure professional fields and schools accurately represent the population.
"Maybe it blocks whites out from getting into high-caliber schools, but there's always a place they can go to school, whereas a lot of people who don't have access without affirmative action. They wouldn't be able to get into schools in other places as well," Vega said.
Affirmative action is already banned in eight states. Some polls have found people are actually more in support of affirmative action based on income, rather than on skin color.