Most Americans approve of Supreme Court decision against affirmative action in universities

Citizens agree that universities should decide admissions solely on merit instead of considering a student's racial or ethnic origin.

Two in three Americans (68%) agree with the Supreme Court's ruling against affirmative action. A Gallup poll also found that an overwhelming majority of Hispanics view the court's decision positively.

In that sense, the study explained that "Hispanic adults are most likely to view the decision as positive for higher education in the U.S. but are mixed evenly in terms of the impact on applicants of their own race."

However, the survey highlighted that the court's ruling has a slightly smaller impact on the application decisions of Hispanics (43%) and whites (39%) who have recently considered obtaining a degree.

Likewise, the survey showed that about 70% of citizens across all demographic groups agree with colleges deciding admissions solely on merit rather than considering a student's racial or ethnic background.

The Supreme Court determined last year that universities cannot consider the race of applicants as an argument in their favor in the admission process. "Students currently applying to colleges are the first cohort in decades to apply without race being a possible consideration in any college’s admission decisions," Gallup explained.