Californians Support Civil Rights Measure: Poll Finds 2-1 Support for Proposal to Ban Government Race Gender Preferences

By Billingsley, K. L. | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), July 25, 1996 | Go to article overview

Californians Support Civil Rights Measure: Poll Finds 2-1 Support for Proposal to Ban Government Race Gender Preferences


Billingsley, K. L., The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


LOS ANGELES - The California Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI), which would end race and gender preferences in public employment, education and contracting, continues to enjoy a nearly 2-to-1 approval ratio, according to a new poll.

A statewide Los Angeles Times poll released this week indicates that 59 percent of Californians favor the measure and 29 percent oppose it. Hispanics were the only group of voters who did not support CCRI. In the poll, 45 percent of Hispanics opposed the initiative, and 41 percent supported it.

Opponents of the measure have escalated their campaign against the proposition by filing a suit against the measure's official description on the Nov. 5 ballot. The description by the state Attorney General's Office says passage of CCRI would mean "prohibition against discrimination or preferential treatment by state or other public entities."

The summary says the measure "prohibits the state, local governments, districts, public universities, colleges, schools and other government instrumentalities from discriminating against or giving preferential treatment to any individual or group in public employment, public education or public contracting on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin."

The No On CCRI Campaign said Monday that it would file a lawsuit within 10 days against Dan Lungren, the state's Republican attorney general, for "failure to uphold his constitutional duties to provide a true and impartial statement. …

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