Black Voters Divided By Age on SCOTUS Ruling on Affirmative Action 

Large majority of black adults under the age of 40 support the Supreme Court ending affirmative action, while older black Americans oppose it.

Age significantly influences how black Americans perceive the U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmative action case. 

WHY IT MATTERS – Differing opinions across age groups among black voters may help with understanding the contemporary debates on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

THE NUMBERS – A Gallup poll from Oct. 25 – Nov. 9, 2023, asked black Americans their opinions on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to end the use of race and/or ethnicity in college and university admissions decisions. It revealed that black voters are narrowly divided, with 52% saying the ruling was “mostly a good thing” and 48% saying it was “mostly a bad thing.”  

However, the poll revealed a stark divide among black voters by age.  

62% of black adults 18-39 believe the Supreme Court ruling is “mostly a good thing,” compared to just 44% of black adults aged 40 and above.  

Similarly, 61% of black adults aged 18-39 believe the Supreme Court decision has either no impact or a mostly or slightly positive impact, compared to just 42% of black adults aged 40 or above. 

THE BOTTOM LINE – Race based admissions are opposed by younger black voters. 

GO DEEPERAge Plays Key Role in Black Views of Affirmative Action Case