October 2008

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Poll: CO Initiative To End Affirmative Action Hiring

A Rocky Mountain News poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, found 53% in favor of Amendment 46, a ballot initiative in Colorado that "effectively ends government-sponsored affirmative action programs that use race or gender."

According to the poll, which surveyed 500 registered voters from Oct. 21-23 with a margin of error of 4.38%, the initiative is supported by a 53%-40% margin, with 7% undecided. The pollster said the relatively low support for the initiative is not a good sign for supporters heading into the election. The poll also found higher than expected support from minority and women voters, "an indication that there is a low level of awareness that it actually ends race- and gender-based affirmative action."