Support for affirmative action programs for both women and minorities is growing among people questioned in a new poll.
The Gallup poll published Wednesday found that 65 percent of respondents favor affirmative action programs for women, up from 60 percent in 2016. Pollsters also found that 61 percent favor those programs for minorities, up from 54 percent in 2016.
The support for affirmative action programs has grown significantly since 2001, according to the poll. At that time, 53 percent of Americans supported affirmative action programs for women and 47 percent supported the programs for minorities.
The poll also showed that, for the first time in the survey's history, a majority of white Americans — 57 percent — said they support affirmative action for minorities.
The poll also found that the issue is a partisan one, with 82 percent of Democrats saying they support affirmative action programs and just 46 percent of Republicans holding that view.
The poll's results were based on telephone interviews from Nov. 19 to Dec. 22 with 6,502 adults. The poll has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.